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Compensation as Moral Repair and as Moral Justification for Risks
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8031-3239
2019 (English)In: Ethics, Politics & Society, ISSN 2184-2582Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Can compensation repair the moral harm of a previous wrongful act? On the one hand, some define the very function of compensation as one of restoring the moral balance. On the other hand, the dominant view on compensation is that it is insufficient to fully repair moral harm unless accompanied by an act of punishment or apology. In this paper, I seek to investigate the maximal potential of compensation. Central to my argument is a distinction between apologetic compensation and non-apologetic compensation. Apologetic compensation, I argue, is an act that expresses regret and apology by means of some offer ofmoney, goods, or services. Non-apologetic compensation is an act that seeks to restore loss or harm without expressing regret or apology. In the paper, I defend the view that acts of compensation can be apologetic and argue that such apologetic compensation is sufficient for moral repair.

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Será a compensação capaz de reparar o dano moral causado por um acto errado anterior? Por um lado, há quem defina a função da reparação como reposição do equilíbrio moral. Por outro, a perspectiva dominante acerca da compensação considera que esta é insuficiente para reparar totalmente o dano moral a não ser que seja acompanhada de um acto de castigo ou de um pedido de desculpas. Neste artigo procuro investigar o potencial máximo da compensação. Uma distinção entre compensação apologética e compensação não apologética é central para o meu argumento. A compensação apologética é um acto que exprime arrependimento e um pedido de desculpas através de uma oferta de dinheiro, bens ou serviços. A compensação não apologética é um acto que procura restaurar a perda ou dano sem exprimir arrependimento ou um pedido de desculpas. Neste artigo, defendo a perspectiva segundo a qual os actos de compensação podem ser apologéticos e argumento que uma compensação apologética deste tipo é suficiente para a reparação moral.

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University of Minho; ILCH; Centre or Ehtics, Politics and Society , 2019.
Keywords [en]
compensation, apologies, reparations, restitutions, moral repair
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158412DiVA, id: diva2:1307742
Available from: 2019-04-29 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-06-13

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