How Can a Philosophy of Inheritance be Framed Adequately?

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J. Reid Miller
Claire Katz
Fernando Zapata
Didier Zuniga


In the lead essay ‘What Would a Philosophy of Inheritance Look Like?,’ J. Reid Miller proposes a broader, interdisciplinary lens to adequately comprehend how material and non-material attributes are transferred through inter-generational processes. His co-symposiasts Claire Katz, Fernando Zapata, and Didier Zúñiga agree that current frames of analyses that narrow inheritance either to biological, economic, or cultural transfer be broadened. Building upon Reid Miller’s proposal, Katz urges that wounds of national traumas be addressed, should the wounds not be transferred to the next generation; Zapata follows Reid Miller in understanding inheritance through processes in which belongingness is bestowed, while Zúñiga underscores that histories of domination and oppression be studied to comprehend how injustices and inequalities continue to be reproduced. In his reply, Reid Miller reiterates that multiple ways of belonging be envisioned and implemented that are able to narrate inheritances from different perspectives.

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Miller, J. R. ., Katz, C., Zapata, F., & Zuniga, D. (2023). How Can a Philosophy of Inheritance be Framed Adequately?. Journal of World Philosophies, 8(1). Retrieved from