Desert, Entitlement, and Affirmative Action: A Response to Francis Beckwith

Himma, Kenneth Einar
January 2002
Social Theory & Practice;Jan2002, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p157
Academic Journal
The article discusses the arguments of philosopher Francis J. Beckwith regarding the "no one deserves his or her talents (NODHT)" defense of affirmative action. The arguments are either inconsistent or morally inadequate, providing no support for affirmative action as either a moral viewpoint or a public policy and they fail to separate the distinction between what one deserves and what one is entitled to. Beckwith's arguments begin with NODHT's claim that no one deserves their inborn talents or character traits so that no one can claim to deserve their fruits. Beckwith argues that these claims create a serious problem and badly means that those who redistribute the society's good do not deserve their talents and merit as well.


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