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Remembering and Disremembering the Dead

Posthumous Punishment, Harm and Redemption over Time

Authors: Tomasini, Floris

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  • Investigates the notion of posthumous harm to explore ways we have remembered the dead and dying over time
  • Combines philisophical and historical approaches to the study of posthumous harm
  • Provides a long view of history drawing historical parallels between different periods
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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.

About the authors

Floris Tomasini is an applied philosopher, and until quite recently, a Post-Doctoral Wellcome Trust Fellow writing on philosophy of death. He co-wrote Examining Trust in Healthcare: A Multidisciplinary Perspective with David Pilgrim and Ivo Vassilev, and has published on topics including bioethics, philosophy of mental health, death, genomics and trust.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Tomasini, Floris

    Pages 1-4

  • What and When Is Death?

    Tomasini, Floris

    Pages 7-20

  • Posthumous Harm, Punishment and Redemption

    Tomasini, Floris

    Pages 21-37

  • Capital Punishment, Posthumous Punishment and Pardon

    Tomasini, Floris

    Pages 41-71

  • Posthumous Harm in the History of Medicine

    Tomasini, Floris

    Pages 73-97

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-53828-4
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover £20.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53827-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Remembering and Disremembering the Dead
Book Subtitle
Posthumous Punishment, Harm and Redemption over Time
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53828-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53828-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53827-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 103
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