The Ethics of Historic Preservation

Philosophy Compass 11 (12):786-794 (2016)
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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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Erich Hatala Matthes
Wellesley College

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