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Some recent PhD graduates in Philosophy from The Open University

David Edmonds – Caste Wars


The central topic of my PhD was the ethics of treating individuals as though they are members of groups. Among the questions raised in the thesis: why do we feel so much more strongly about discrimination on certain grounds - e.g. of race and sex - than discrimination on other grounds? Are we right to think that discrimination based on these characteristics is especially invidious? And what should we think about 'rational discrimination' - 'discrimination' which is based on sound statistics?


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