Affirmative Action: Well-Being, Justice, and Qualifications

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A common concern regarding affirmative action is that it sanctions the selection of candidates whose qualifications are not the best overall and that this is inefficient or unjust or both. I argue that this concern is misguided, since there is no independent concern regarding qualifications with respect to the moral status of affirmative action. The only sense in which qualifications are not morally arbitrary—and the only sense in which there is a reason to select the most qualified candidate—is purely instrumental to the promotion of moral values whose fundamental concern is not qualifications.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)138-156
Number of pages19
JournalRatio Juris
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Law


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