Unjust History and Its New Reproduction—A Reply to My Critics

Alasia Nuti
2021 Ethical Theory and Moral Practice  
AbstractDemands calling for reparations for historical injustices—injustices whose original victims and perpetrators are now dead—constitute an important component of contemporary struggles for social and transnational justice. Reparations are only one way in which the unjust past is salient in contemporary politics. In my book, Injustice and the Reproduction of History: Structural Inequalities, Gender and Redress, I put forward a framework to conceptualise the normative significance of the
more » ... st past. In this article, I will engage with the insightful comments and try to address the concerns of the contributors to the symposium on my book. I will discuss (i) whether and in what sense my framework incorporates past-regarding duties, (ii) how it is different from causal interpretations of the relationship between past and present injustice, (iii) whether it can carve out a greater place for blame in our thinking about responsibility for (historical) structural injustice, (iv) whether such a responsibility needs to hinge upon an account of solidarity, and (v) how de-temporalising injustice can cast new light on immigration politics. In particular, I will stress and further clarify the importance that the notion of 'structural debt', which my book develops to reflect on historical responsibility, can play in thinking about what is owed to an unjust history.
doi:10.1007/s10677-021-10262-9 fatcat:5d5xbaykejgxdjxscjt4bf7qqu