Summary: Over the past twenty-five years, affirmative action has been a divisive issue in the United States. Recent attempts by referendum, legislation, and judicial action to reform current policies has only intensified the debate.
This collection of philosophical papers traces the main lines of argument in the debate over the moral justification of affirmative action. The essays, which comprise more than two decades of writing on the subject, are highly readable a ...show morend present the strongest contributions on both sides of this highly charged issue.
The opening articles draw the reader into the controversy, offering concise arguments and counterarguments, revisions and rebuttals. Many of the subsequent selections refer to arguments found in previous selections, and the book is structured to emphasize these connections. The final contributions provide conflicting overviews.
Attending to the philosophical complexities of this passionate debate, Cahn has gathered a highly reflective and rationally-minded group of contributors to examine this explosive issue head-on.