n Africa Insight - Political reparationists and the moral case for reparations to Africa for colonialism

Volume 40, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article is situated within the context of present discourse on reparations to Africa. It theoretically engages with one kind of the arguments for reparations to Africa for colonialism that have been made by political reparationists; namely the moral argument for reparations. The core of the moral argument is that colonialism developed the West and underdeveloped Africa, and for this Western nations have particular moral obligations to pay reparations. The article argues generally that political reparationists need to pay attention to the moral force with which the reparations argument is framed, and in particular that it would enhance and contribute to the overall pursuit of successful reparations claims if political reparationists endeavour to clearly articulate the normative framework.

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