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The Possibility of Posthumous Harm

T. M. Wilkinson

in Ethics and the Acquisition of Organs

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199607860
eISBN:
9780191731747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607860.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Why should the wishes of the dead be given weight? An intellectually satisfying answer requires drawing on and applying the substantial philosophical literature on the possibility of posthumous harm. ... More


Introduction

James Stacey Taylor

in The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199751136
eISBN:
9780199950539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751136.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

This introduction is divided into four sections. The first provides an overview of the classical challenges to the view that death is a harm to the person who dies that were pressed by Epicurus and ... More


WELL‐BEING

Ben Bradley

in Well-Being and Death

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199557967
eISBN:
9780191721205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557967.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter defends hedonism, or the view that pleasures and pains are the only things with basic intrinsic value. Hedonism's main competitors are desire satisfactionism and pluralism; pluralists ... More


The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays

James Stacey Taylor (ed.)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199751136
eISBN:
9780199950539
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751136.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

The questions that surround death – Is death a harm to the person who dies? Should we be afraid of death? Can the dead be harmed? Can they be wronged? – have been of widespread interest since ... More


Welfare and Harm after Death

Barbara Baum Levenbook

in The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199751136
eISBN:
9780199950539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751136.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

In this chapter, I defend the claim that posthumous harm is possible against an argument that assumes that an event harms someone only if it diminishes his or her welfare. This argument gets a ... More


Introduction

David Boonin

in Dead Wrong: The Ethics of Posthumous Harm

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198842101
eISBN:
9780191878626
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198842101.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter introduces the thesis of the book: the claim that it is possible for an act to wrongfully harm a person even if the act takes place after the person is dead. It then explains the ... More


The Irrevocability of Execution

Benjamin S. Yost

in Against Capital Punishment

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190901165
eISBN:
9780190901196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190901165.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 3 furnishes the first step of the book’s main argument by defending the irrevocability of execution. The irrevocability of the death penalty might seem self-evident, but Michael Davis argues ... More


Doing Posthumous Harm

John Harris

in The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199751136
eISBN:
9780199950539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751136.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

This chapter argues that considerations for the welfare and interests of the dead and the philosophical attention given to them (and to posthumous harm) are self-indulgent nonsense at best, and at ... More


“This Will Always Be There”

Don Herzog

in Defaming the Dead

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780300221541
eISBN:
9780300227710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221541.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The chapter offers a constructive account of posthumous harm by exploring how we can make sense of interests that survive one’s death. The dead can’t appeal to some of the interests protected by the ... More


Defaming the Dead

Don Herzog

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780300221541
eISBN:
9780300227710
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221541.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

If you defame the dead, even someone who recently died, tort law does not think that’s an injury: not to the grieving survivors and not to the dead person. This book argues that defamation is an ... More


Embezzled, Diddled, and Popped

Don Herzog

in Defaming the Dead

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780300221541
eISBN:
9780300227710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221541.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The chapter opens by inviting the reader to imagine that at her funeral, someone falsely claims she embezzled money, diddled children in the park, and popped kittens in the microwave for fun. It then ... More


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