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Historic Injustices and the Moral Case for Cultural Repatriation
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2015 (English)In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, ISSN 1386-2820, E-ISSN 1572-8447, Vol. 18, no 3, 461-474 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is commonly argued that cultural objects ought to be returned to their place of origin in order to remedy injustices committed in the past. In this paper, it is shown that significant challenges attach to this way of arguing. Although there is considerable intuitive appeal in the idea that if somebody wrongs another person then she ought to compensate for that injustice, the principle is difficult (albeit not impossible) to apply to wrongdoings committed many decades or centuries ago. It is not clear that historic injustices can meaningfully be corrected, or compensated for, and there are several arguments why, even in cases where there is a prima facie moral case for compensation, repatriation might not be a legitimate means of remedy. In order to bring analytical clarity to the issue, this paper discusses the various steps of the argument that must be addressed in order to ground a valid repatriation claim based on historic injustices.

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2015. Vol. 18, no 3, 461-474 p.
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Cultural repatriation, Historic injustice, Harm, Transfers of victimization, Posthumous interests
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-168685DOI: 10.1007/s10677-014-9530-zISI: 000354377400004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84905873699OAI: diva2:818033

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Available from: 2015-06-08 Created: 2015-06-08 Last updated: 2015-06-08Bibliographically approved

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