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

Nahshon Perez

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Book Description

July 18 2012 074864962X 978-0748649624
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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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (July 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074864962X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748649624
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,896,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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Nahshon Perez is Schusterman Visiting Professor at the Boston University.

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