Thursday, January 27th, 2022 Reconsidering Reparations

Thursday, January 27, 20224:10PM - 6:00PMOnline Event, Online Event


Harney Lecture Series


Most theorizing about reparations treats it as a social justice project – either rooted in reconciliatory justice focused on making amends in the present; or, they focus on the past, emphasizing restitution for historical wrongs. I will argue that neither approach is optimal, and advance a different case for reparations rooted in distributive justice, which I refer to as the “constructive” view of reparations. I’ll also present some of what I take to be the political and policy implications of this view.


Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Ayelet Shachar
R.F. Harney Chair in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies, Munk School

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