[UCP Books]: Living with Moral Disagreement: The Enduring Controversy about Affirmative Action

 

  
Living with Moral Disagreement
 

The Enduring Controversy about Affirmative Action
Michele S. Moses

Published by University of Chicago Press

US: April 18, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-226-34438-6 $25.00     
UK: April 25, 2016 144 pages ▪ Paper £24.50     

 
How to handle affirmative action is one of the most intractable policy problems of our era, touching on controversial issues such as race-consciousness and social justice. Much has been written both for and against affirmative action policies—especially within the realm of educational opportunity. In this book, philosopher Michele S. Moses offers a crucial new pathway for thinking about the debate surrounding educational affirmative action, one that holds up the debate itself as an important emblem of the democratic process.

Central to Moses’s analysis is the argument that we need to understand disagreements about affirmative action as inherently moral, products of conflicts between deeply held beliefs that shape differing opinions on what justice requires of education policy. As she shows, differing opinions on affirmative action result from different conceptual values, for instance, between being treated equally and being treated as an equal or between seeing race-consciousness as a pernicious political force or as a necessary variable in political equality. As Moses shows, although moral disagreements about race-conscious policies and similar issues are often seen as symptoms of dysfunctional politics, they in fact create rich opportunities for discussions about diversity that nourish democratic thought and life.

Michele S. Moses is professor of educational foundations, policy, and practice and associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the author of Embracing Race and Affirmative Action Matters. Contact Ryo Yamaguchi ryamaguchi@press.uchicago.edu / 773. 834.8708 for more information.

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