The Affirmative Action Debate by Steven M. Cahn

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Affirmative action has been a divisive issue in the United States for over 25 years. Recent attempts to reform current policies by referendum, legislation and judicial action have only intensified the debate. This collection of philosophical papers traces the main lines of argument over the moral justification of affirmative action. The essays, which comprise more than two decades of writing on the subject, present contributions on both sides of this highly charged issue. The opening articles draw the reader into the controversy, offering arguments and counter-arguments, revisions and rebuttals. Many of the selections refer to each other's arguments, and the book is structured to emphasize these connections. The final contributions provide a range of conflicting overviews.

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Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books, including Puzzles and Perplexities: Collected Essays and Philosophical Explorations: Freedom, God, and Goodness. Among the many volumes he has edited and coedited are Philosophy for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Reader; Knowledge and Reality; Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy; and Classic and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Education.Robert B. Talisse is professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His books include Democracy and Moral Conflict; Pragmatism: A Guide for the Perplexed; A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy; and Democracy after Liberalism. He has also coedited numerous volumes, including The Pragmatic Turn; Political Problems; and A Teacher's Life: Essays for Steven Cahn.Scott F. Aikin is a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Epistemology and the Regress Problem, coauthor of Pragmatism: A Guide for the Perplexed, and coeditor of The Pragmatic Turn.
Published November 8, 1995 by Routledge. 224 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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