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Should Race Matter? [Kindle Edition]

David Boonin
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In this book, philosopher David Boonin attempts to answer the moral questions raised by five important and widely contested racial practices: slave reparations, affirmative action, hate speech restrictions, hate crime laws and racial profiling. Arguing from premises that virtually everyone on both sides of the debates over these issues already accepts, Boonin arrives at an unusual and unorthodox set of conclusions, one that is neither liberal nor conservative, color conscious nor color blind. Defended with the rigor that has characterized his previous work but written in a more widely accessible style, this provocative and important new book is sure to spark controversy and should be of interest to philosophers, legal theorists and anyone interested in trying to resolve the debate over these important and divisive issues.


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"David Boonin's Should Race Matter? is the finest book written on the topic and should be required reading for anyone doing serious research in the field. The book contains new and powerful arguments, a comprehensive discussion of the literature, and is written in an organized and highly readable manner. It is superb. Boonin's analyses of key issues in racial ethics are consistent, compelling, and surprising. For example, his discussion of affirmative action is a unique contribution to the literature and provides an insightful and wide-ranging discussion of the rights- and policy-based arguments both for and against this controversial program. This book, along with his previous books on abortion (A Defense of Abortion) and punishment (The Problem of Punishment), establishes Boonin as one of the most important philosophers in the world today."
- Stephen Kershnar, State University of New York at Fredonia


"Boonin's treatment of this jaggedly emotional issue is meticulous, sober, and ultimately nonpartisan. There is no posturing, no demonizing - only a profoundly honest logic seldom brought to this topic, or any other."
- David Schmidtz, University of Arizona


"...This is an important book that will be useful in potentially heated classroom discussions on race and public policy....Highly recommended..."
-- T. L. Lott, San Jose State University, CHOICE

Book Description

In this book, philosopher David Boonin attempts to answer the moral questions raised by five important and widely contested racial practices: slave reparations, affirmative action, hate speech restrictions, hate crime laws, and racial profiling. He arrives at an unusual and unorthodox set of conclusions, one that is neither liberal nor conservative, color conscious nor color blind.

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  • File Size: 1826 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0521760860
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H3TUSC
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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful, patient, brave September 4, 2012
By J. Zorn
Format:Paperback
Boonin writes as a philosopher, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. His subject is race, and more specifically the very much "live" debates on reparations for slavery, affirmative action, hate speech, hate crimes, and racial profiling. If your "take" on these issues is impatiently political and ideological, you likely will be put off by Boonin's scrupulously careful arguing. But for those wishing to think through such complex and challenging debates, Boonin does not disappoint. If by any chance you teach classes involving race at the college or the graduate school level, I think you should seriously consider adding this book to your syllabus.
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I needed this book for school and it came very fast-- right when I needed it too and the price was unbeatable.
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