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Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law

Deborah Hellman and Sophia Moreau


How do we understand and justify the particular partialities that discrimination law tries to protect against? Are different discrimination laws from around the world grounded in a single set of norms? And does discrimination law fail to treat people as individuals? The philosophical study around discrimination law in the private and public sector is a relatively young field of inquiry. This is owing to the fact that anti-discrimination laws are relatively new. It is arguably only since the Second World War that these rights have been adopted by countries in a broad sense, ensuring that all ci ... More

Keywords: discrimination law, anti-discimination laws, civil rights, norms, private sector, public sector

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664313
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664313.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Hellman, editor
Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Sophia Moreau, editor
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

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Deborah Hellman, and Sophia Moreau

Part I What Makes Discrimination Wrong?

Part II Problems of Constructing a Theory of Wrongful Discrimination

Part III Theoretical Lessons Derived from Practice

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