Benefiting from injustice and the common-source problem

The compassion we feel normally is biased and mixed with attachment. Genuine compassion flows towards all living beings, particularly your enemies.

Publikationsår: 2016

Duus-Otterström, Göran

Arbetsrapport 2016 nr. 4

According to the Beneficiary Pays Principle, innocent beneficiaries of an injustice stand in a special moral relationships with the victims of the same injustice. Critics have argued that it is normatively irrelevant that a beneficiary and a victim are connected in virtue of the same unjust "source". The aim of this paper is to defend the Beneficiary Pays Principle against this criticism. Locating the principle against the backdrop of corrective justice, it argues that the principle is correct in saying that innocent beneficiaries of an injustice may have an extra reeason to remedy the vicitims of the same injustice. This is (1) because it may be necessary to defeat the immoral plan of the perpetrator of the injustice and (2) because it may satisfy weak restitution. The conclusion is that the principle is distinctive from related views, such as that property should be returned to its rightful owner and that tainted benefits should be given up for general use.

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