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A Two-Tiered Reparations Theory: A Reply to Wenar

Brooks, Thom



In his recent article “Reparations for the Future” that appeared in this Journal, Leif Wenar argues for a theory of reparations that is forward-looking and not backward-looking. I will begin by presenting Wenar's account. I will argue contra Wenar that backward-looking considerations play an important role in his theory and that the existence of such considerations forms a necessary condition for his reparations theory. If I am correct, then it is not the case that forward-looking considerations are the only or most relevant factors in justifying reparations for his account. Instead, Wenar defends a two-tiered reparations theory.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2008
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2012
Journal Journal of Social Philosophy
Print ISSN 0047-2786
Electronic ISSN 1467-9833
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 4
Pages 666-669
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