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date: 28 May 2020

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This article examines philosophical theories applicable to discrimination, affirmative action, and diversity in business. It argues that utilitarianism supports many forward-looking arguments for affirmative action based on good consequences and that natural rights theory can be used to support both forward-looking and backward-looking arguments for affirmative action. It also argues in defense of the view that diversity in the workplace is an important grounding for affirmative action.

Keywords: philosophical theories, discrimination, affirmative action, diversity in business, utilitarianism, natural rights theory

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