Dr Floris Tomasini

 

Auditorium, Storey Institute, Lancaster

Saturday 10th November, 7-8pm

Public lecture - all welcome

Sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy

 

This public talk attempts to make conceptual sense of posthumous harm and redemption. By conceptually re-framing posthumous harm and redemption, it is possible to throw new light onto a historical controversy: whether it is right or wrong to posthumously pardon those Shot at Dawn during the Great War. 

 

Some historians argue that posthumous pardoning is pointless, and/or dangerous, because it is tantamount to re-writing history. I rebut both arguments, arguing that it is about re-evaluating the past in the present, doing justice to posthumous reputations re-figured, and being compassionate to living relatives who carry the shame of having a relative most commonly executed for desertion or cowardice.    

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