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Mental-State-Based Accounts

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen

in Born Free and Equal?

Published in print December 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796113
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199350995 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796113.003.0005
Mental-State-Based Accounts

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Chapter 4 focuses on mental-state accounts of the moral wrongness of discrimination, i.e. accounts according to which the wrongness of discrimination derives from the fact that the discriminator has an objectionable mental state. It takes a close look at Larry Alexander’s influential account, according to which certain forms of discrimination are wrong for noninstrumental reasons, because they reflect that the discriminator falsely believes that the discriminatee has a lower moral status. Various challenges to this account—and to mental-state-based accounts in general—are presented.

Keywords: Mental states; wrongness; Larry Alexander; moral status; equality; respect; racism

Chapter.  12935 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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