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The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Discrimination

ISBN 9781138928749
Published August 23, 2017 by Routledge
462 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

While it has many connections to other topics in normative and applied ethics, discrimination is a central subject in philosophy in its own right. It plays a significant role in relation to many real-life complaints about unjust treatment or unjust inequalities, and it raises a number of questions in political and moral philosophy, and in legal theory. Some of these questions include: what distinguishes the concept of discrimination from the concept of differential treatment? What distinguishes direct from indirect discrimination? Is discrimination always morally wrong? What makes discrimination wrong? How should we eliminate the effects of discrimination? By covering a wide range of topics, and by doing so in a way that does not assume prior acquaintance, this handbook enables the reader to get to grips with the omnipresent issue.

The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Discrimination is an outstanding reference source to this exciting subject and the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors the handbook is divided into six main parts:

• conceptual issues

• the wrongness of discrimination

• groups of ‘discriminatees’

• sites of discrimination

• causes and means

• history of discrimination.

Essential reading for students and researchers in applied ethics and political philosophy the handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as law, sociology and politics.


Table of Contents



Introduction, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen

Part I: Conceptual issues

Chapter 1:

Direct discrimination (Frej Klem Thomsen)

Chapter 2:

Indirect discrimination (Tarunabh Khaitan)

Chapter 3:
Statistical discrimination (Fred Schauer)

Chapter 4:

Epistemic discrimination (Kathy Puddifoot)

Chapter 5:

Intersectionality (Natalie Stoljar)


Part II: The wrongness of discrimination

Chapter 6:

Respect (Erin Beeghly)

Chapter 7:

Meaning (Deborah Hellman)

Chapter 8:

Irrelevance (Lena Halldenius)

Chapter 9:

Desert (Andres Moles)

Chapter 10:

Rights (Peter Vallentyne)

Chapter 11:

Equality of opportunity (Carl Knight)

Chapter 12:
Harm (Richard Arneson)

Chapter 13:

Freedom (Sophia Moreau)

Chapter 14:

Vice (J. L. Garcia)


Part III: Groups of Discriminatees

Chapter 15:
Women (Gina Schouten)

Chapter 16:

Race (Patrick Shin)

Chapter 17:

Religion (Sune Lægaard)

Chapter 18:

Sexual orientation (Ed Stein)

Chapter 19:

Disability (Sean Aas and David Wasserman)

Chapter 20:

Age (Juliana Bidadanure)

Chapter 21:

Immigration (José Mendoza)

Chapter 22:

Obesity (Garrath Williams)

Chapter 23:

Lookism (Xiaofei Liu)

Chapter 24:

Transgender (Mari Mikkola)


Part IV: Sites of discrimination

Chapter 25:

Jobs (Sarah Goff)

Chapter 26:

Education (Gideon Elford)

Chapter 27:

Law enforcement (Re’em Segev)

Chapter 28:

Insurance (Ronen Avraham)

Chapter 29:

Elections (Nenad Stojanović)

Chapter 30:

Private life (Hugh Collins)

Chapter 31:

Love (Hugh Lazenby)


Part V: Causes and means

Chapter 32:

Psychology of discrimination (Jules Holroyd)

Chapter 33:

Affirmative action (Julie Suk)

Chapter 34:

Diversity (George Hull)

Chapter 35:

Anti-discriminatory informal norms (Carina Fourie)


Part VI: History

Chapter 36:

History of discrimination (Robert Fullinwider)




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Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen is professor in political theory at University of Aarhus, Denmark, professor II in philosophy at University of Tromsø, Norway and Associate Editor of Ethics. His main work on discrimination is Born Free and Equal? (Oxford University Press, 2013).


"This is a comprehensive state of the art collection of essays on the ethics of discrimination that will be an invaluable resource for both researchers and students."

Andrew Mason, University of Warwick, UK.


"This volume brings together a set of essays that combine rigorous conceptual analysis and incisive legally and empirically informed approaches on discrimination. Together they provide an indispensable, and timely, guide to understanding and disentangling the philosophical issues that surround the topic of discrimination in all its theoretical and normative dimensions. The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Discrimination is the most comprehensive resource to date for all who want to understand what discrimination exactly amounts to and how it bears on current social inequalities."

Magali Bessone, Université de Rennes I, France.