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Boonin, David.(Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780521760867 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 0521760860 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9780521149808 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 0521149800 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: x, 411 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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Machine generated contents note: 1. Thinking in black and white; 2. Repairing the slave reparations ... Read More
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"In this book, philosopher David Boonin attempts ... Read More
Subject: Race relations.
Reparations for historical injustices.
Affirmative action programs.
Hate crimes.

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Should Race Matter? : Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions
Should Race Matter? : Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions
by Boonin, David
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Should Race Matter? : Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions


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Written as an undergraduate text on applied ethics and race, this volume by Boonin (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) uses a dialectic style to present a series of takes on the slave reparations debate, affirmative action, hate speech restrictions, hate crime laws, and racial profiling. In chapter 2, Boonin focuses on David Horowitz's objections to reparations, with a response in chapter 3. In chapter 4, the author defends abandoning racial preferences. A defense of keeping this policy follows in chapter 5. Boonin opposes both traditional and recent exceptions to free expression in chapters 6 and 7, to sustain his objection to hate speech restrictions. In chapters 8 and 9 he insists on important differences between hate speech and hate crimes, and argues against objections to the latter. The rationality and morality of racial profiling are discussed in chapters 10 and 11. Boonin very sensitively spells out the issues involved on both sides of these debates and clearly focuses on the problems they generate. This is an important book that will be useful in potentially heated classroom discussions on race and public policy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and faculty. T. L. Lott San Jose State University

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