This updated collection provides an essential guide to contemporary debate of affirmative action, often attacked as 'positive discrimination'. It comprises nearly three decades of writing on the subject.
This book is an essential guide to the full range of arguments surrounding affirmative action. Following the debate, as no other collection does, from all the early foundational articles to up-to-date selections, the book presents the strongest contributions from both sides of this highly charged issue. For students and general readers seeking to understand the controversy, this book offers a unique guide to the main lines of argument in the discussion. The contributors include most of the major contributors to the debate: Anita L. Allen, Robert Amdur, Michael D;. Bayles, Tom L. Beauchamp, Barbara R. Bergmann, Derek Bok, William G. Bowen, Carl Cohen, J. L. Cowan, Ronald Dworkin, Robert K. Fullinwider, Alan H. Goldman, Sidney Hook, James W. Nickel, William A. Nunn III, George Sher, Robert Simon, Paul W. Taylor, Abigail Thernstrom, Stephen Thernstrom, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Celia Wolf-Devine, and Paul Woodruff.
Acknowledgements Introduction Steven M. Chan I. Individuals, groups, and discrimination 1. Discrimination and morally relevant characteristics James W. Nickel 2. Inverse discrimination J.L. Cowan 3. Reparations to wronged groups Michael D Bayles 4. Reverse discrimination and contemporary justice Paul W. Taylor 5. Reverse discrimination William A. Nunn III 6. Should reparations be to individuals or groups? James W. Nickel 7. Reparations to individuals or groups? Alan H. Goldman 8. What's wrong with discrimination? Paul Woodruff II. Justice and Compensation 9. Prefential hiring Judith Jarvis Thomson 10. Prefential hiring: A reply to Judith Jarvis Thomson Robert Simon 11. Justifying reverse discrimination in employment George Sher 12. Prefential hiring and compensation Robert K. Fullinwider 13. Compensatory justice: The question of costs Robert Amadur III. The Bakke cas 14. Who are equals? Carl Cohen 15. Are quotas unfair? Ronald Dworkin 16. What did Bakke really decide? Ronald Dworkin Equality, diversity, and good faith Carl Cohen IV. Diveristy 18. In defence of affirmative action Bartara R. Bergmann 19. The role model argument and faculty diversity Anita L. Allen 20. Proportional representation of women and minorities Celia Wolf-Devine 21. 'The Meaning of "Merit"' William G. Bowen and Derek Bok 22. 'The Meaning of "Merit"': A reply to Bowen and Bok Stephan Thernstrom and Abigain Thernstrom 23. Diversity George Sher V. Preference or impartiality? 27. In favor of affirmative action Tom L. Beauchamp 28. Reverse discrimination Sidney Hook Epilogue A. Three puzzles concerning affirmative action Steven M. Cahn B. Making affirmative action work The Chronicle of HIgher Education About the authors Bibliographical note Acknowledgements