Should Race Matter?: Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-14
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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David Boonin attempts to answer the moral questions raised by slave reparations, affirmative action, hate crime laws and racial profiling.

Author Biography

David Boonin is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is the author of the book Thomas Hobbes and the Science of Moral Virtue (1994) and the prize-winning books A Defense of Abortion (2002) and The Problem of Punishment (2008), all of which were published by Cambridge. He is also the author of a number of articles on issues in applied ethics and the co-editor of the popular applied ethics textbook What's Wrong? (2009).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Thinking in Black and White: An Introduction to the Moral Questions that America's Past Raises about Its Presentp. 1
Repairing the Slave Reparations Debate: How I Got into an Argument with Myself about David Horowitz and Lostp. 24
Advancing the Slave Reparations Debate: Bonus Objections, Bonus Responses, and a Modest Proposalp. 77
One Cheer for Affirmative Action: Why There's Nothing Wrong with Abandoning Racial Preferencesp. 135
Two Cheers for Affirmative Action: Why There's Nothing Wrong with Not Abandoning Racial Preferences, Eitherp. 175
Why I Used to Hate Hate Speech Restrictions: Appeals to Traditional Exceptions to Freedom of Expression and Why They All Failp. 203
Why I Still Hate Hate Speech Restrictions: New and Improved Exceptions to Freedom of Expression and Why They Fail, Toop. 230
How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Hate Crime Laws: Why Objections to Hate Speech Restrictions Don't Work as Objections to Hate Crime Lawsp. 250
How to Keep on Loving Hate Crime Laws: Why Other Objections to Hate Crime Laws Don't Work, Eitherp. 274
Is Racial Profiling Irrational? The Answer Isn't Black and Whitep. 300
Is Racial Profiling Irrational? A Reluctant Defense of America∆s Least Popular Form of Discriminationp. 327
Notesp. 351
Sourcesp. 387
Indexp. 407
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