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Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy


We focus on the debate over racist monuments as it manifests in the mid-2010s Anglosphere, primarily in the US (chiefly regarding the over 700 monuments devoted to the Confederacy),2 but to some degree also in Britain and commonwealth countries, especially South Africa (chiefly regarding monuments devoted to figures and events associated with colonialism and apartheid). Even with this limited scope, we will not recommend any sweeping policy for many lands, histories, peoples, and monuments in this immensely difficult and emotionally fraught controversy. Our aim rather is to categorize arguments, voice some un-asked questions, and offer a few guidelines for policymakers tasked with deciding the fate of racist monuments.

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This is the Accepted Manuscript of a chapter that was published by Palgrave Macmillan in the book The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy edited by David Boonin and published in 2018. The definitive version can be found at https:/ / /978-3-319-93907-0_27


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