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Making Sense of Affirmative Action

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen


What makes affirmative action morally (un)justified? That is this book’s core question. Its main contribution consists in a meticulous scrutiny of the strength of the six main arguments for—i.e., the compensation, the anti-discrimination, the equality of opportunity, the role model, the diversity, and the integration-based justifications—and the five main objections to affirmative action—i.e., the reverse discrimination, the stigma, the mismatch, the publicity, and the merit-based objections—and of how these arguments relate to one another. The book argues that all of the five main objections ... More

Keywords: Affirmative action, discrimination, diversity, equality of opportunity, historical injustice, justice, merit, relational egalitarianism, role models, stigma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190648787
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190648787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, author
Professor of Political Theory, University of Aarhus