Taking Responsibility for the Past: Reparation and Historical Injustice / Edition 1

Taking Responsibility for the Past: Reparation and Historical Injustice / Edition 1

by Janna Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745628842

ISBN-13: 9780745628844

Pub. Date: 01/06/2003

Publisher: Wiley

Injustices of the past cast a shadow on the present. They are the root cause of much harm, the source of enmity, and increasingly in recent times, the focus of demands for reparation. In this groundbreaking philosophical investigation, Janna Thompson examines the problems raised by reparative demands and puts forward a theory of reparation for historical injustices

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Injustices of the past cast a shadow on the present. They are the root cause of much harm, the source of enmity, and increasingly in recent times, the focus of demands for reparation. In this groundbreaking philosophical investigation, Janna Thompson examines the problems raised by reparative demands and puts forward a theory of reparation for historical injustices.

The book argues that the problems posed by historical injustices are best resolved by a reconciliatory view of reparative justice and an approach that explains how people acquire intergenerational responsibilities and entitlements. It ranges in its subject matter from the claims of indigenous people to land stolen from their ancestors to the growing movement for reparations for slavery. The book provides an original and convincing answer to the questions of how citizens can have reparative responsibilities for wrongs committed before they were born, and why descendants of victims may be entitled to compensation for historical injustices such as slavery. It also explains how members of nations can make recompense for injustices of the past without ignoring the inequities of the present.Taking Responsibility for the Past is a significant contribution to philosophical and legal debates about reparative justice, and at the same time an accessible and thought-provoking book for general readers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745628844
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/06/2003
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: History and Responsibility
Pt. IObligations of Nations and Rights of Reparation
1Treaties and Transgenerational Responsibilities3
2Historical Injustice and Respect for Nations24
3Theories of Reparation38
4Land Rights and Reparation54
5A Matter of Time70
6All Things Considered87
Pt. IIInheritance, Reparation and Family Lines
7The Rights of Descendants101
8Inheritance, Equity and Reparation113
9Reparation and Injustices to Family Lines130
Conclusion: Justice and Transgenerational Relationships148
Notes154
References165
Index170

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