Affirmative Action

Rodney C. Roberts

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Affirmative Action


“Affirmative action” is a term that has come to be associated with a variety of social policies that typically concern opportunities for employment or admission to institutions of higher learning. Such policies require that, in the process of hiring or admission, particular attention be paid to individuals who are members of groups thought to have been disadvantaged in the past. Although sometimes referred to as “preferential treatment” or “reverse discrimination,” many philosophers have found these labels problematic, even fallacious. A necessary part of doing Africana philosophy is having the problems facing the Black community at the forefront of one's thinking. Since Bernard Boxill and Albert Mosley exemplify the importance of this perspective through the issue of affirmative action, and since they are two of the most prominent philosophers of African descent in the affirmative action debate, this article focuses largely on their ideas.

Keywords: African philosophy; Black community; affirmative action; Bernard Boxill; Albert Mosley

Article.  4282 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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