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Justice - Lecture 17

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Lecture 17 - Equality and Affirmative Action

- Are all uses of racial classifications on a par, and equally objectionable? Is it just as objectionable to have an affirmative action that benefits a minority as to have a program that benefits the racial majority?
- What is "diversity," and why does the majority in Grutter think it is so important? Do you agree that diversity is of great importance in universities? If so, why? If not, why not?
- What does Justice Thomas mean by "racial aesthetics"?
- Can you think of other means than affirmative action programs for achieving the educational benefits associated with such programs?
- If we agree with Dworkin that each person is of equal importance, can we accept an affirmative action policy, or does such a policy violate the principle of equal importance?
- Do you think that affirmative action programs undertaken to promote racial diversity in universities rest on objectionable stereotypes, or reinforce racial divisions?

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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