Affirmative Action in University Admission: Liberal Theory

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Aristotle’s teleological view on justice focuses on the goal of an action rather than its initial fairness. As it is the outcome that matters, discrimination on the way is inevitable in order to achieve equality in a society.

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?Affirmative Action in University Admission: Liberal TheoryRespect for the autonomy of a person rejects distributive justice in higher education admission'All justice involves discrimination'1Aristotle's teleological view on justice focuses on the goal of an action rather than its initial fairness. As it is the outcome that matters, discrimination on the way is inevitable in order to achieve equality in a society. The case of Cheryl Hopwood's rejection to the University of Texas due to affirmative action yields the discussion about distributive justice and whether discrimination in order to achieve an equal society is just. Despite having the same grades as fellow applicants from ethnic minorities, she was denied access to the university on the grounds of her skin color, as the college claimed to favor a diverse student body. In the light of liberalist theory, this issue poses a great paradox by touching not only upon the question of liberty vs. equality, but also concerning the kind of moral action and intention that is applicable in order to maintain equality in society. Predominantly, however, it yields the conflict between pledges in favor of the phenomenon diversity aga

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