False distinctions or bad consequences: discrimination as a philosophical challenge

part of: The good, the true, and the beautiful: XXV. Congress of the German Society for Philosophy
September 7, 2021, 4:30pm - 7:00pm

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Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

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Discrimination is usually defined as unjustified unequal treatment on grounds of social group membership. It constitutes a moral wrong and is combatted with legal means such as US Civil Rights Act, or the German General Law for Equal Treatment. Philosophically, the concept raises many puzzles. How can we identify salient group-membership? Does discrimantion consist of acts, attitudes, or policies? And according to which standard should the unequal treatment be measured? Settling those questions might provide political orientation alongside conceptual clarity.


Eva von Redecker (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE)

Susanne Baer (Bundesverfassungsgericht, Karlsruhe, DE)

Catharine MacKinnon (Harvard University, Cambridge, US)

Christine Bratu (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, DE): Ameliorating “Discrimination”: Towards a structural understanding of a complex injustice

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