Department

Philosophy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

This article draws together research from various sub-disciplines of philosophy to offer an overview of recent philosophical work on the ethics of historic preservation. I discuss how philosophers writing about art, culture, and the environment have appealed to historical significance in crafting arguments about the preservation of objects, practices, and places. By demonstrating how it relates to core themes in moral and political philosophy, I argue that historic preservation is essentially concerned with ethical issues.

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This is the pre-print version of the following article:

Matthes, E. H. (2016), The ethics of historic preservation, Philosophy Compass, doi: 10.1111/phc3.12379

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Pre-print

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