Historical Injustice

Jeff Spinner-Halev

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376692
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Historical Injustice

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This article discusses the relevance of the history of an injustice. The history of an enduring injustice is important because it can help inform us about the nature of the injustice, particularly when the issue lies outside the bounds of liberal justice. Mistrust between a government and a group that is a victim of injustice is often comprehensible only by taking the history of the injustice into account. The idea of taking responsibility for the past too readily invites the response that people alive today are not responsible for the past; but they are responsible for the present, and that is reason enough for them to care about injustices that endure in their midst.

Keywords: history; injustice; liberal justice; mistrust; responsibility

Article.  8658 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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