The counterfactual conception of compensation

Metaphilosophy 37 (3-4):414–428 (2006)

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Rodney C. Roberts
East Carolina University
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: My aim in this essay is to remove some of the rubbish that lies in the way of an appropriate understanding of rectificatory compensation, by arguing for the rejection of the counterfactual conception of compensation. Although there is a significant extent to which contemporary theorists have relied upon this idea, the counterfactual conception of compensation is merely a popular assumption, having no positive argument in support of it. Moreover, it can make rendering compensation impossible, and absurd notions of compensation can result from its use, results that may themselves constitute injustices. This latter difficulty is most troubling when the CCC is employed in large compensatory cases like the case of rectificatory compensation for the descendants of American slaves. I want to suggest that, taken together, the difficulties with the CCC yield sufficient reason for rejecting it as an acceptable rectificatory notion
Keywords slavery  counterfactual  justice  rectificatory justice  compensation  rectificatory compensation
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2006.00451.x
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