Grey on a Normative Theory of Reparations Politics

Sam Grey (University of Victoria, Faculty of Social Sciences, Political Science) has posted Just and Unjust Reallocations of Historical Burdens: Notes on a Normative Theory of Reparations Politics (Les Ateliers de l'éthique/The Ethics Forum, Forthcoming) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: Prevailing connotations of reconciliation orbit concord or harmonious coexistence, meaning that concern for justice is necessarily subordinated to a more casually pragmatic peace. Bringing justice considerations to the fore means focusing on reparations as a key element of reconciliation’s suite of activities – but reparations are necessarily a matter of process, which precludes considering elements of the ‘package’ in isolation from one another, as is the case with traditional evaluative criteria of motivation or proportion. Accordingly, this article proposes that reparations are better framed as a considered reaction to the unjust allocation of…

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