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Durham Law School

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Publication details for Professor Thom Brooks

Brooks, Thom (2008). A Two-Tiered Reparations Theory: A Reply to Wenar. Journal of Social Philosophy 39(4): 666-669.

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Abstract

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.1 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.