Remembering and Disremembering the Dead

Posthumous Punishment, Harm and Redemption over Time

by Floris Tomasini

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Book Description

This book is a multidisciplinary work that investigates the notion of posthumous harm over time. The question what is and when is death, affects how we understand the possibility of posthumous harm and redemption. Whilst it is impossible to hurt the dead, it is possible to harm the wishes, beliefs and memories of persons that once lived. In this way, this book highlights the vulnerability of the dead, and makes connections to a historical oeuvre, to add critical value to similar concepts in history that are overlooked by most philosophers. There is a long historical view of case studies that illustrate the conceptual character of posthumous punishment; that is, dissection and gibbetting of the criminal corpse after the Murder Act (1752), and those shot at dawn during the First World War. A long historical view is also taken of posthumous harm; that is, body-snatching in the late Georgian period, and organ-snatching at Alder Hey in the 1990s.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Remembering and Disremembering the Dead ebook for free in PDF format (1.3 MB).

Book Details

Subject
History
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2017
Pages
106
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781137538277
ISBN10
1137538279
ISBN13 Digital
9781137538284
ISBN10 Digital
1137538287
PDF Size
1.3 MB
License
CC BY

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