Reparations and Climate Justice
Olúfemi O. Táíwò with William Paris
Reparations for slavery have become a reinvigorated topic for public debate over the last decade, with most theorizing about reparations treats it as a social justice project – either rooted in reconciliatory justice focused on making amends in the present or focus on the past, emphasizing restitution for historical wrongs. In this conversation with William Paris, political philosopher Olúfemi O. Táíwò will advance a different case for reparations – one rooted in a hopeful future that tackles the issue of climate change head on, with distributive justice at its core. This conversation will consider Táíwò's arguments in relation to justice, racism, the legacy of colonialism, and climate change policy.
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is an assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. His theoretical work draws liberally from the Black radical tradition, anti-colonial thought, German transcendental philosophy, contemporary philosophy of language, contemporary social science, and histories of activism and activist thinkers. His new book Reconsidering Reparations is published in November by Oxford University Press.
William Paris is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. His research interests include Africana Philosophy, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Philosophy, and Philosophy of Race. He is also co-host of the What’s Left of Philosophy podcast. twitter.com/WilliamMParis / twitter.com/leftofphil