Anthony Sangiuliano is a doctoral candidate in philosophy from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After attending the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School, he chose to pursue further study at Cornell for the strength and interdisciplinarity of the philosophy program.
What is your area of research and why is it important?
My dissertation develops a philosophical interpretation of anti-discrimination law by examining the relationship between the morality and the law of anti-discrimination. Most philosophers assume that the law’s purpose is to prohibit discriminatory acts that are inherently morally wrongful. I think this is a mistake. I argue that the law’s purpose is to achieve a sociopolitical goal that is legitimate for the state to pursue, and it prohibits discriminatory acts when doing so, and promotes this goal regardless of whether those acts are morally wrong. I call this theory “anti-discrimination law as public law.”