Making Sense of Discrimination
Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law
March 20, 2013
Ratio Juris, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 47-78, 2014
Discrimination is a central moral and legal concept. However, it is also a contested one. Particularly, accounts of the wrongness of discrimination often rely on controversial and particular assumptions. In this paper, I argue that a theory of discrimination that relies on premises that are general (rather than unique to the concept of discrimination) and widely accepted provides a plausible (exhaustive) account of the concept of wrongful discrimination. According to the combined theory, wrongful discrimination consists of allocating a benefit that is not supported by a morally significant fact (a valid reason), or in a way that involves distributive injustice, or both.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 60
Keywords: Discrimination, Moral Significance, Distributive Justice
JEL Classification: K10, K23, K30
Date posted: March 24, 2013 ; Last revised: February 24, 2014
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