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Historical Injustice

Duncan Ivison

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548439.003.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Historical Injustice

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This article examines the concept of historical injustice in the context of contemporary political theory. It examines the moral consequences of historical injustice for the descendants of both the perpetrators and the victims and outlines the six questions that any plausible defence of the idea of making reparations for past injustices must deal with. It suggests that taking historical injustice seriously is compatible with moral cosmopolitanism and it also helps with the understanding the nature of various kinds of inequalities that persist today.

Keywords: historical injustice; political theory; moral consequences; reparations; injustices; inequalities

Article.  7779 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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