Freedom from Past Injustices: A Critical Evaluation of Claims for Inter-Generational Reparations

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There is a widespread belief that contemporary citizens should take responsibility for rectifying past wrongs. Nahshon Perez challenges this view, questioning attempts to aggregate dead wrongdoers with living people, and examining ideas of intergenerational collective responsibility with great suspicion. He distinguishes sharply between those who are indeed unjustly enriched by past wrongs, and those who are not. Looking at issues such as the distinction between compensation and restitution, counterfactuals and the non-identity problem, Perez concludes that individuals have the right to a clean slate, and that almost all of the pro-intergenerational redress arguments are unconvincing.

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Nahshon Perez is Schusterman Visiting Professor at the Boston University.

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Drawing on illuminating examples from politics and case law, Nahshon Perez compellingly argues against compensating descendants of victims of historical injustices. Patiently and skillfully Perez builds a strong case for a clean slate: he shows it's sometimes best to let bygones be bygones.

(Andrew I. Cohen, Director, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University)

Freedom from Past Injustices is a major contribution to the literature concerning the rectification of historical wrongs, and contains important arguments against rectifying past wrongs. It examines a highly important question: whether the descendants of victims of past wrongs should be compensated. It examines carefully and critically most of the arguments in the field and it defends successfully an unpopular position.

(Alon Harel, Mizock Chair in Administrative and Criminal Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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