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Against fairness

Author: Stephen T Asma
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2013] ©2013
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A polymath philosopher shares lighthearted examples of humanity's unspoken instinct toward favoritism to argue against zealous pursuits of fairness.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen T Asma
ISBN: 9780226029863 0226029867
OCLC Number: 783150173
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 208 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Even Jesus had a favorite : Saints and favorites ; Fairness, tribes, and nephews ; Two classic cases of favoritism --
To thy own tribe be true: biological favoritism : Moral gravity ; The biochemistry of favoritism ; Humans are wired for favoritism ; A healthy addiction ; Flexible favoritism ; Kin selection ; Rational or emotional motives ; Conflicting brain systems ; Facts and values --
In praise of exceptions : Building the grid of impartiality ; Going off the grid ; Friendship and favoritism ; Reasonable favoritism --
"But, Dad, that's not fair!" : The fusion of feelings and ideas ; Sowing the seeds of confusion: sharing ; Sowing the seeds of confusion: open minds ; Envy and fairness ; Excellence, fairness, and favoritism --
The circle of favors: global perspectives ; Chinese favoritism ; Face culture ; Indian favoritism ; Disentangling nepotism and corruption ; Disentangling tribalism and tragedy --
"Your people shall be my people?" : Minorities, majorities, and favoritism ; Affirmative action and favoritism ; The finite stretch ; Feeling the stones with your feet --
Because you're mine, I walk the line : The virtues of favoritism ; You can't love humanity, you can only love people ; The future of favoritism ; The archbishop and the chambermaid.
Responsibility: Stephen T. Asma.

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Born out of democracy and raised in open markets, fairness has become our de facto modern creed. In our zealous pursuit of fairness, we have banished our urges to like one person more than another,  Read more...

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