When Is Discrimination Wrong?
A law requires black bus passengers to sit in the back of the bus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a drug for use by black heart failure patients. A state refuses to license drivers under age 16. A company avoids hiring women between the ages of 20 and 40. We routinely draw distinctions among people on the basis of characteristics that they possess or lack. While some distinctions are benign, many are morally troubling.
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The Discrimination Puzzle
The Basic Idea
Demeaning and Wrongful Discrimination
Interpretation and Disagreement
Introduction to Part II
Accuracy and Irrationality
Is It the Thought that counts?