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
Direct discrimination (Frej Klem Thomsen)
Indirect discrimination (Tarunabh Khaitan)
Statistical discrimination (Fred Schauer)
Epistemic discrimination (Kathy Puddifoot)
Intersectionality (Natalie Stoljar)
Part II: The wrongness of discrimination
Respect (Erin Beeghly)
Meaning (Deborah Hellman)
Irrelevance (Lena Halldenius)
Desert (Andres Moles)
Rights (Peter Vallentyne)
Equality of opportunity (Carl Knight)
Harm (Richard Arneson)
Freedom (Sophia Moreau)
Vice (J. L. Garcia)
Part III: Groups of Discriminatees
Women (Gina Schouten)
Race (Patrick Shin)
Religion (Sune Lægaard)
Sexual orientation (Ed Stein)
Disability (Sean Aas and David Wasserman)
Age (Juliana Bidadanure)
Immigration (José Mendoza)
Obesity (Garrath Williams)
Lookism (Xiaofei Liu)
Transgender (Mari Mikkola)
Part IV: Sites of discrimination
Jobs (Sarah Goff)
Education (Gideon Elford)
Law enforcement (Re’em Segev)
Insurance (Ronen Avraham)
Elections (Nenad Stojanović)
Private life (Hugh Collins)
Love (Hugh Lazenby)
Part V: Causes and means
Psychology of discrimination (Jules Holroyd)
Affirmative action (Julie Suk)
Diversity (George Hull)
Anti-discriminatory informal norms (Carina Fourie)
Part VI: History
History of discrimination (Robert Fullinwider)
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.