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Duties to past persons: The moral standing and posthumous interests of old human remains
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics.
2012 (English)In: More than just bones: Ethics and research on human remains / [ed] Halvard Fossheim, Oslo: The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees , 2012, 113-137 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Research involving human remains presents complex challenges. For the archaeologist or anthropologist, for example, the remains represent among other things a source of knowledge about people and places, conditions and developments. However, the remains also represent the individuals from whom they originate. And while the dead can no longer be hurt or mistreated in the same way that the living can be hurt or mistreated, there are still strong and obvious reasons for treating them with some level of conscientiousness and consideration. Perhaps most obvious among these reasons is the notion of respect for the individual.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees , 2012. 113-137 p.
Keyword [en]
human remains, sami, posthumous rights, moral subject
Keyword [sv]
mänskliga kvarlevor, samer, postuma rättigheter, moralisk subjekt
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Bioethics; Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197519ISBN: 9788276820652OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-197519DiVA: diva2:613185

This book gathers practitioners from a wide range of disciplines on the subject of ethics of old human remains. It is one of few European perspectives on a topic that has been widely discussed in North America for deccades.

Available from: 2013-03-26 Created: 2013-03-26 Last updated: 2013-04-02Bibliographically approved

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