David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Historical injustice is ubiquitous in human history. The origins of just about every institution relevant to human political life has a pedigree stained by injustices of various magnitudes. Slavery, genocide, mass expropriation of property, mass internment, indiscriminate killings of civilians and massive political repression are all depressingly familiar features of human history, both in the distant and more recent past. Should any of them be redressed? Can historical injustice be redressed? Should states be held accountable for their bloody origins, such as the brutal colonization of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Australasia? Should former imperial powers have to redress the descendants of those whom they colonized? Should the descendants of slaves and holocaust survivors be compensated for the harm done to their people? Dealing with historical injustice has also become a major task for countries struggling to found new institutions and forms of collective life after years of oppression or civil conflict – for example, in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of Soviet Communism, as well as in post-colonial Africa , South America and Asia.1 So in what sense do these historical injustices matter? They mattered to the victims at the time, to be sure. But do they have any moral consequences for the descendants of both the perpetrators and the victims? Why should an injustice that occurred long ago, by people now dead against people who are also dead, be a matter of justice today? On the one hand, it just seems obvious that history matters, and especially to those for whom it..
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Chandran Kukathas (2003). Responsibility for Past Injustice: How to Shift the Burden. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2 (2):165-190.
Jeff Spinner-Halev (2007). From Historical to Enduring Injustice. Political Theory 35 (5):574 - 597.
H. P. P. Lotter (2005). Compensating for Impoverishing Injustices of the Distant Past. Politikon 32 (1):83-102.
Jon Miller & Rahul Kumar (eds.) (2007). Reparations: Interdisciplinary Inquiries. Oxford University Press.
Nahshon Perez (2011). On Compensation and Return: Can The 'Continuing Injustice Argument' for Compensating for Historical Injustices Justify Compensation for Such Injustices or the Return of Property? Journal of Applied Philosophy 28 (2):151-168.
Ori J. Herstein (2009). Historic Injustice, Group Membership and Harm to Individuals: Defending Claims for Historic Justice From the Non-Identity Problem. Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethnic Justice 25:229.
Daniel Butt (2009). Rectifying International Injustice: Principles of Compensation and Restitution Between Nations. Oxford University Press.
A. John Simmons (1995). Historical Rights and Fair Shares. Law and Philosophy 14 (2):149 - 184.
Jeff Spinner-Halev (2012). Enduring Injustice. Cambridge University Press.
Axel Gosseries (2004). Historical Emissions and Free-Riding. Ethical Perspectives 11 (1):36-60.
Laura Beeby (2011). A Critique of Hermeneutical Injustice. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111 (3pt3):479-486.
Janna Thompson (2001). Historical Injustice and Reparation: Justifying Claims of Descendants. Ethics 112 (1):114-135.
Kathleen Gill (2007). Moral Functions of Public Apologies. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 1:105-110.
Added to index2010-12-22
Total downloads10 ( #146,014 of 1,101,091 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #290,337 of 1,101,091 )
How can I increase my downloads?