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Should Race Matter?
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1. Thinking in black and white; 2. Repairing the slave reparations debate; 3. Advancing the slave reparations debate; 4. One cheer for affirmative action; 5. Two cheers for affirmative action; 6. Why I used to hate hate speech restrictions; 7. Why I still hate hate speech restrictions; 8. How to stop worrying and learn to love hate crime laws; 9. How to keep on loving hate crime laws; 10. Is racial profiling irrational?; 11. Is racial profiling immoral?

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David Boonin is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is the author of Thomas Hobbes and the Science of Moral Virtue (1994) and the prize-winning books A Defense of Abortion (2002) and The Problem of Punishment (2009), all of which were published by Cambridge University Press. He is also the author of a number of articles on issues in applied ethics and the co-editor of the popular applied ethics textbook What's Wrong? (2009).

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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. [It] 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, 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 'Boonin's book is outstanding. It will reshape the discussion of these issues and is required reading for people doing research on race-policies ... Like his earlier work on punishment and abortion, Boonin's analyses are razor sharp, accessible, and interesting.' Law and Philosophy

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