Philosophical Defense of Affirmative Action

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This volume gives a scholarly review of literature on affirmative action, examines key legal cases, depicts Wilson's theory of cycles, provides the most advanced philosophical arguments on affirmative action from the writings of Aristotle, Wasserstrom, Beauchamp, Blackstone, Greene and the author. It offers a list of additional legal cases, an index, and a detailed and extensive bibliography.


". . . goes beyond the legalities that preoccupy the current discussions of the issue of affirmative action to a profound moral and logical discussion of the issue. . . . Dr. Ssekasozi's book is a serious, significantly scholarly and a major contribution to a vitally important issue of our time. . . . Well-written and stylish, A Philosophical Defense of Affirmative 'Action will be found by scholars to be academically provocative, stimulating and fascinating. More significantly, they will find the extensive and scholarly bibliography to be of immense value for further research." – Jabulani Beza

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:


2.Review of Literature: Historical Literature on Affirmative Action; Philosophical Literature, Legal and Other Scholarly Writings Specifically on Affirmative Action; Legal Studies; Studies in Higher Education; Racial Discrimination Studies; Sex Discrimination Studies; Miscellaneous Studies on Affirmative Action; Affirmative Action in Practice; Observations on the Reviewed Literature

3.3. The Law (Legal Cases) on Affirmative Action: Some General Legal Precedent Cases; Presidential Executive Orders and Other Documents

4.Philosophers on Affirmative Action: Method of Selecting the Philosophers; Background to the Issue of Affirmative Action – Wilson's Theory of Cycles (Colonial and Revolutionary America, National and Civil War, Reconstruction Periods, Pre- and Post- World War II Years); Philosophers on Affirmative Action (Aristotle, Wasserstrom, Beauchamp, Blackstone, Greene)

5.Analyses and Conclusions: Examination of the Thirteen Major Types of Discrimination (Sex, Race and National Origin, Religious, Age, Handicapped, Reverse, Gerontocracv, Knowledge, Money, Conquest, Ancestors, Cultural Heritage, Political Power); Commentary on the Philosophers; Commentary on the Types of Discrimination; Commentary on the Legal Literature and Citizenry Involvement; Commentary on Wilson's Theory of Cycles; Implications of the Research; Recommendations for Further Research

References, Appendix of the Legal Cases

Bibliography, Index

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