Taking Responsibility for the Past
Reparation and Historical Injustice
By (author) Janna Thompson
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Taking Responsibility for the Past by Janna Thompson
Book DescriptionInjustices 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745628851
(228mm x 154mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Janna Thompson
Intergenerational Justice, Paperback (February 2013)
Thompson presents a theory of intergenerational justice that gives citizens duties to past and future generations, showing why people can make legitimate demands of their successors and explaining what relationships between contemporary generations count as fair.
Sorting Society, Paperback (September 2008)
Focuses on the ethical, legal and social issues raised by genetic testing and therapy.
Taking Responsibility for the Past, Hardback (October 2002)
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.
Discourse and Knowledge, Paperback (November 1998)» View all books by Janna Thompson
Written specifically for those studying or teaching ethics or moral theory Discourse and Knowledge will also be ideal for those on social theory, ethics or feminist philosophy courses.
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Author Biography - Janna Thompson
Janna Thompson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at La Trobe University, Australia, and a Fellow of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.
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