The Journal of Ethics

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 63–91

A Lockean Argument for Black Reparations

  • Bernard R. Boxill

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022826929393

Cite this article as:
Boxill, B.R. The Journal of Ethics (2003) 7: 63. doi:10.1023/A:1022826929393


This is a defense of blackreparations using the theory of reparations setout in John Locke's The Second Treatise ofGovernment. I develop two mainarguments, what I call the ``inheritanceargument'' and the ``counterfactual argument,''both of which have been thought to fail. In nocase do I appeal to the false ideas that presentday United States citizens are guilty ofslavery or must pay reparation simply becausethe U.S. Government was once complicit in thecrime.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard R. Boxill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA