Reconsidering Reparations

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2022.09.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews

Olúf́mi Táíwò, Reconsidering Reparations, Oxford University Press, 2022, 261pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780197508893.

Reviewed by Darrel Moellendorf, Goethe University Frankfurt

Olúf́mi Táíwò’s book is rich enough in material and arguments that it will engage people with a variety of philosophical and political interests. It will be of particular interest to those engaged with the philosophical and political debates about reparations for colonialism and slavery. The book develops an account of these as historical injustices that cause morally salient inequalities between those who have benefited from the compound effects of the earlier injustices and those who have been disadvantaged. Táíwò’s argument that climate change policy should be seen, at least in part, in terms of the politics of reparations extends the debate about reparations in new and interesting ways. And for those primarily engaged with the justification of climate change policy and…

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