Original Articles

The Injustice of Discrimination

Published in: South African Journal of Philosophy
Volume 32, issue 1, 2013, pages: 47–59
DOI: 10.1080/02580136.2013.810416
Author(s): Carl KnightDepartment of Politics, UK

Abstract

Discrimination might be considered unjust on account of the comparative disadvantage it imposes, the absolute advantage it imposes, the disrespect it shows, or the prejudice it shows. This article argues that each of these accounts overlooks some cases of unjust discrimination. In response to this state of affairs we might combine two or more of these accounts. A promising approach combines the comparative disadvantage and absolute disadvantage accounts.

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