Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.


Durham Research Online
You are in:

Privacy and the dead.

Scarre, Geoffrey (2013) 'Privacy and the dead.', Philosophy in the contemporary world., 19 (1). pp. 1-16.

Abstract

The privacy of the dead might be thought to be violated by, for instance, the disinterment for research purposes of human physical remains or the posthumous revelation of embarrassing facts about people's private lives. But are there any moral rights to privacy which extend beyond the grave? Although this notion can be challenged on the ground that death marks the end of the personal subject, with the consequent extinction of her interests, I argue that a right to privacy belongs to deceased persons in virtue of their moral status while alive and reflects their interest in the preservation of their dignity. The paper investigates what prima-facie privacy rights and interests may plausibly be ascribed to the dead and why these need to be taken seriously by those, such as archaeologists or biographers, who have "dealings with the dead."

Item Type:Article
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
(226Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/pcw201219112
Record Created:04 Jun 2014 17:05
Last Modified:06 Jun 2014 09:53

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library