1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Discrimination

Edited By Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen Copyright 2018
    476 Pages
    by Routledge

    476 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    The philosophy of discrimination: an introduction (Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen). Part I: Conceptual issues. Chapter 1: Direct discrimination (Frej Klem Thomsen). Chapter 2: Indirect discrimination (Tarunabh Khaitan). Chapter 3:Statistical (and non-statistical) discrimination (Fred Schauer). Chapter 4: Epistemic discrimination (Katherine Puddifoot). Chapter 5: Discrimination and intersectionality (Natalie Stoljar). Part II: The wrongness of discrimination. Chapter 6: Discrimination and respect (Erin Beeghly). Chapter 7:Discrimination and social meaning (Deborah Hellman). Chapter 8: Discrimination and irrelevance (Lena Halldenius). Chapter 9: Discrimination and desert (Andres Moles). Chapter 10: Discrimination and rights (Peter Vallentyne). Chapter 11: Discrimination and equality of opportunity (Carl Knight). Chapter 12: Discrimination and harm (Richard Arneson). Chapter 13: Discrimination and freedom (Sophia Moreau). Chapter 14: Discrimination and virtue (J. L. A. Garcia). Part III: Groups of discriminates. Chapter 15: Discrimination and gender (Gina Schouten). Chapter 16: Discrimination and race (Patrick S. Shin). Chapter 17: Discrimination and religion (Sune Lægaard).Chapter 18: Discrimination and sexual orientation (Edward Stein). Chapter 19: Discrimination and disability (Sean Aas and David Wasserman). Chapter 20: Discrimination and age (Juliana Bidadanure). Chapter 21: Discrimination and immigration (José Jorge Mendoza). Chapter 22: Discrimination and obesity (Garrath Williams). Chapter 23: Discrimination and lookism (Xiaofei Liu). Chapter 24: Discrimination and trans identities (Mari Mikkola). Part IV: Sites of discrimination. Chapter 25: Discrimination and the job market (Sarah Goff). Chapter 26: Discrimination and education (Gideon Elford). Chapter 27: Discrimination and law enforcement (Re’em Segev). Chapter 28: Discrimination and insurance (Ronen Avraham). Chapter 29: Discrimination and politics (Nenad Stojanović). Chapter 30: Discrimination and the private sphere (Hugh Collins). Chapter 31: Discrimination and the personal sphere (Paul Butterfield and Hugh Lazenby). Part V: Causes and means. Chapter 32: The social psychology of discrimination (Jules Holroyd). Chapter 33: Discrimination and affirmative action (Julie Suk). Chapter 34: Discrimination and diversity (George Hull). Chapter 35: Wrongful private discrimination and the egalitarian ethos (Carina Fourie). Part VI: History. Chapter 36: Discrimination: word, concept, anti-norm - some historical sketches (Robert Fullinwider). Index



    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.