In this engaging and provocative book, Sher explores the normative moral and social problems that arise from living in a decidedly non-ideal world_a world that contains immorality, evil, and injustice, and in which resources (including knowledge) are often inadequate. Sher confronts difficult issues surrounding preferential treatment and equal opportunity, compensatory justice and punishment, the allocation of goods, and moral compromise.
George Sher is professor of philosophy at Rice University. He is the author of Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics (Cambridge, 1997) and Desert (Princeton, 1989), and the coeditor of Moral Philosophy: Selected Readings and Reason at Work: Introductory Readings in Philosophy (both from Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Ancient Wrongs and Modern Rights Chapter 5 Compensation and Transworld Personal Identity Chapter 6 Justifying Reserve Discrimination in Employment Chapter 7 Groups and Justice Chapter 8 Effort, Ability, and Personal Desert Chapter 9 Preferential Treatment, the Future, and the Past Chapter 10 Right violations and Injustices: Can We Always Avoid Trade-Offs? Our Preferences, Ourselves Chapter 11 Predicting Performance Chapter 12 What Makes a Lottery Fair? Subsidized Abortion: Moral Rights and Moral Compromise Chapter 13 Deserved Punishment Revisited Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Author