J. Angelo Corlett

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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It is the increasing concern of many that certain historical injustices of serious proportions against groups be remedied by way of compensatory justice. Yet there are numerous philosophical and ethical questions that arise when considering such matters. This is particularly the case concerning compensatory justice to groups that have suffered from serious harmful wrongdoings such as genocide, enslavement, unjust wars, or other forms of undue violence, theft, and fraud. Reparations have been the main legal remedy for such injustices, but the problems of reparations stand in acute need of resolution for the sake of rectificatory justice. What are reparations, why are they important, and what are the primary considerations that would make them justified on moral grounds, especially concerning historic injustices? This article explores the nature, value, and possible justification of reparations for historic injustices; it does so in terms of rights.

Keywords: historical injustice; compensatory justice; rectificatory justice; rectification; human rights

Article.  6464 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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