Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen: What is structural discrimination?

Datum: 8 november 2023
Tid: 10:00-11:45

Venue: Institutet för framtidsstudier, Holländargatan 13, 4th floor, Stockholm

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Research seminar with Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University and the Philosophy Department at University of Tromsö.


Inrecent years, it has become common to analyze disadvantages in terms of structural discrimination. Often the idea is that structural discrimination can occur even if no individual agents are biased against the victims of structural discrimination. Accordingly, many assume that to issue a complaint about structural discrimination, one need not blame any individual, discriminating agent. On this view, arguably structural discrimination should be regarded as a particular form of indirect discrimination.

However, it is also common for the charge of structural discrimination to be associated with the idea that, say, a certain institution systematically inculcates certain biases in its members,who then go on to act in biased ways. On this view, structural discrimination could also, or perhaps more helpfully so, be analyzed in terms of systematic direct discrimination. In my talk, I will provide an overview over different views about the nature of structural discrimination, their relations, and what they imply for the (im)morality of structural discrimination. 


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