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Intro to Compensation

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Cases involving compensation can easily become complicated. Consider these issues:

It is clear that the rights and wrongs of compensation can become very complicated. What begins as a simple common sense moral (and legal) notion becomes a tangle of different cases and questions.


It is important to distinguish three different questions about compensation: The first is whether compensation is morally required. The second is whether compensation is morally permissible or allowable. The third is whether compensation is the best thing to do.

Compensation might be morally permissible when it is not morally required, but presumably it is always permissible when it is required. If it is permissible but not required, we can then ask whether it is the best thing to do. These questions arise in the American debate over affirmative action and it is important to keep them separate when considering different arguments.


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