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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring 1998

Louis P. Pojman
Pages 97-115
DOI: 10.5840/ijap199812111

The Case Against Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action is becoming the most controversial social issue of our day. In this essay I examine nine arguments on the moral status of Affirmative Action. I distinguish between weak Affirmative Action, which seeks to provide fair opportunity to all citizens from strong Affirmative Action, which enjoins preferential treatment to groups who have been underrepresented in social positions. I conclude that while weak Affirmative Action is morally required, strong Affirmative Action is morally wrong.

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