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Phil186 Term Assignment 5-6

Phil186 Term Assignment 5-6 - Professor Bashaw Phil 186 6...

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Professor Bashaw Phil. 186 6 May 2008 A Defense of Programs of Preferential Treatment In “A Defense of Programs of Preferential Treatment” Richard Wasserstrom argues that the claims made by people who oppose preferential treatment do not work to support their points. He offers two counter arguments to opponents of preferential treatment. The first argument is that the programs for preferential treatment are guilty of intellectual inconsistency, if not racism and sexism. The arguments states that if people thought it was wrong to race or sex into account before then it is wrong to take them into account when the objects of the policies have race and sex reversed. Wasserstrom argues that the problem with that claim is that, “there is no inconsistency involved in holding both views.” He states that the quotas that are used now are not wrong because they don’t have the same intent as the quotas used against blacks and women. Older quotas were part of a larger social issue in which the power was
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