publication . Article . 2017

Appearance, Discrimination, and Reaction Qualifications

Andrew Mason;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Mar 2017 Journal: Journal of Political Philosophy, volume 25, pages 48-71 (issn: 0963-8016, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
When are selectors for advantaged social positions morally justified in giving weight to the appearance of the candidates? In order to address this issue adequately, we need to know when a person’s appearance can be a legitimate qualification for a position. Some of the hardest cases are jobs that involve interacting with clients or customers who prefer to deal with good-looking employees or who respond more favourably to them. But there is also a wide range of difficult cases in which an unconventional appearance, rather than good looks as such, provokes a response in others, for example, facial tattoos or piercings, and hairstyles that involve dreadlocks, brai...
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