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Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Diversity in Business

Bernard Boxill

in The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195307955
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195307955.003.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Diversity in Business

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This article examines philosophical theories applicable to discrimination, affirmative action, and diversity in business. It argues that utilitarianism supports many forward-looking arguments for affirmative action based on good consequences and that natural rights theory can be used to support both forward-looking and backward-looking arguments for affirmative action. It also argues in defense of the view that diversity in the workplace is an important grounding for affirmative action.

Keywords: philosophical theories; discrimination; affirmative action; diversity in business; utilitarianism; natural rights theory

Article.  14824 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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