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"This book is recommended for anyone interested in understanding, questioning, articulating, and acting on the basis of their own and others' perspectives on sexism, racism, and affirmative action in American higher education." —Choice While equal opportunity for all candidates is widely recognized as a goal within academia, the implementation of specific procedures to achieve equality has resulted in vehement disputes regarding both the means and ends. To encourage a reexamination of this issue, Cahn asked three prominent American social philosophers—Leslie Pickering Francis, Robert L. Simon, and Lawrence C. Becker—who hold divergent views about affirmative action, to write extended essays presenting their views. Twenty-two other philosophers then respond to these three principal essays. While no consensus is reached, the resulting clash of reasoned judgments will serve to revitalize the issues raised by affirmative action. Contents Introduction – Steven M. Cahn Part I 1. In Defense of Affirmative Action – Leslie Pickering Francis 2. Affirmative Action and the University: Faculty Appointment and Preferential Treatment – Robert L. Simon 3. Affirmative Action and Faculty Appointments – Lawrence C. Becker Part II 4. What Good Am I? – Laurence Thomas 5. Who "Counts" on Campus? – Ann Hartle 6. Reflections on Affirmative Action in Academia – Robert G. Turnbull 7. The Injustice of Strong Affirmative Action – John Kekes 8. Preferential Treatment Versus Purported Meritocratic Rights – Richard J. Arneson 9. Faculties as Civil Societies: A Misleading Model for Affirmative Action – Jeffrie G. Murphy 10. Facing Facts and Responsibilities – The White Man's Burden and the Burden of Proof – Karen Hanson 11. Affirmative Action: Relevant Knowledge and Relevant Ignorance – Joel J. Kupperman 12. Remarks on Affirmative Action – Andrew Oldenquist 13. Affirmative Action and the Multicultural Ideal – Philip L. Quinn 14. "Affirmative Action" in the Cultural Wars – Frederick A. Olafson 15. Quotas by Any Name: Some Problems of Affirmative Action in Faculty Appointments – Tom L. Beauchamp 16. Are Quotas Sometimes Justified? – James Rachels 17. Proportional Representation of Women and Minorities – Celia Wolf-Devine 18. An Ecological Concept of Diversity – La Verne Shelton 19. Careers Open to Talent – Ellen Frankel Paul 20. Some Sceptical Doubts – Alasdair MacIntyre 21. Affirmative Action and Tenure Decisions – Richard T. De George 22. Affirmative Action and the Awarding of Tenure – Peter J. Markie 23. The Case for Preferential Treatment – James P. Sterba 24. Saying What We Think – Fred Sommers 25. Comments on Compromise and Affirmative Action – Alan H. Goldman About the Authors Index About the Author(s) Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy and former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has published numerous other books, including Morality, Responsibility, and the University (Temple). Contributors: Laurence Thomas, Ann Hartle, Robert G. Turnbull, John Kekes, Richard J. Arneson, Jeffrie G. Murphy, Karen Hanson, Joel J. Kupperman, Andrew Oldenquist, Philip L. Quinn, Frederick A. Olafson, Tom L. Beauchamp, James Rachels, Celia Wolf-Devine, La Verne Shelton, Ellen Frankel Paul, Alasdair MacIntyre, Richard T. De George, Peter J. Markie, James P. Sterba, Fred Sommers, Alan H. Goldman, and the editor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part 1
  2. p. 7
  1. 1. In Defense of Affirmative Action
  2. pp. 9-47
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  1. 2. Affirmative Action and the University: Faculty Appointment and Preferential Treatment
  2. pp. 48-92
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  1. 3. Affirmative Action and Faculty Apppointments
  2. pp. 93-122
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  1. Part II
  2. p. 123
  1. 4. What Good Am I?
  2. pp. 125-131
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  1. 5. Who "Counts" on Campus?
  2. pp. 132-133
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  1. 6. Reflections on Affirmative Action in Academia
  2. pp. 134-143
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  1. 7. The Injustice of Strong Affirmative Action
  2. pp. 144-156
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  1. 8. Preferential Treatment Versus Purported Meritocratic Rights
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. 9. Faculties as Civil Societies: A Misleading Model for Affirmative Action
  2. pp. 165-173
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  1. 10. Facing Facts and Responsibilities: The White Man's Burden and the Burden of Proof
  2. pp. 174-180
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  1. 11. Affirmative Action: Relevant Knowledge and Relevant Ignorance
  2. pp. 181-188
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  1. 12. Remarks on Affirmative Action
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. 13. Affirmative Action and the Multicultural Ideal
  2. pp. 197-205
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  1. 14. "Affirmative Action" in the Cultural Wars
  2. pp. 206-211
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  1. 15. Quotas by Any Name: Some Problems of Affirmative Action in Faculty Appointments
  2. pp. 212-216
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  1. 16. Are Quotas Sometimes Justified?
  2. pp. 217-222
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  1. 17. Proportional Representation of Women and Minorities
  2. pp. 223-232
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  1. 18. An Ecological Concept of Diversity
  2. pp. 233-249
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  1. 19. Careers Open to Talent
  2. pp. 250-263
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  1. 20. Some Sceptical Doubts
  2. pp. 264-268
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  1. 21. Affirmative Action and Tenure Decisions
  2. pp. 269-274
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  1. 22. Affirmative Action and the Awarding of Tenure
  2. pp. 275-285
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  1. 23. The Case for Preferential Treatment
  2. pp. 286-290
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  1. 24. Saying What We Think
  2. pp. 291-294
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  1. 25. Comments on Compromising and Affirmative Action
  2. pp. 295-300
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 301-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-310
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439901113
MARC Record
OCLC
316196484
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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