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

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen


What is discrimination? There are certain instances of differential treatment that almost anyone would describe as discriminatory. Yet, when one looks deeper into the issue it seems that such near unanimity about certain core cases is simply the tip of consensus of an iceberg of disagreement or difference. For instance, is it discrimination against smokers when hospitals hire nonsmokers only? Is it sex discrimination when swinger clubs charge male, unlike female, members a fee? Not only do people differ over which cases of differential treatment they see as discriminatory, they also disagree a ... More

Keywords: Discrimination, equality, indirect discrimination, meritocracy, racial profiling, racism, respect, sexism, statistical discrimination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199796113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, author
University of Aarhus