Born Free and Equal? A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Nature of Discrimination

New York: Oxford University Press (2013)
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This book addresses these three issues: What is discrimination?; What makes it wrong?; What should be done about wrongful discrimination? It argues: that there are different concepts of discrimination; that discrimination is not always morally wrong and that when it is, it is so primarily because of its harmful effects.



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The introduction starts off by showing that it is not entirely clear what discrimination is. Is it, for instance, age discrimination when people who are older than 65 are excluded from unemployment simply because of their age? It also indicates that there are different accounts of what mak... see more

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