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Being Good With the Past

HANSON, ROBERT,WILLIAM (2019) Being Good With the Past. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.



This thesis seeks to provide the first comprehensive response to the interrelated two questions of
what it means to be good with the past and what role should be entrusted to the archaeological
academy. I will be adopting a neo-Aristotelian approach in my response to these questions, using
observations of the human animal and its lifecycle to inform my understanding of what being good
entails generally, before applying it to what being good with the past entails specifically. The first
third of the thesis will provide my argument for turning to the virtue ethical tradition, and a
naturalistic approach to virtue for the purposes of archaeological ethics. Meanwhile, the second
third will focus on the implications this perspective has on the role we should entrust to
archaeologists. And the final third is devoted to how the good of archaeology and the role of the
archaeologist should be understood in a world with goods other than the good of archaeology.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Archaeology, Archaeological Ethics, Anthropology, Anthropological Ethics, Applies Ethics, Heritage Studies, Heritage Ethics, Aristotle, Eudaimonia, Philippa Foot, Normative Ethics, Moral Philosophy, Professional Ethics, Moral Naturalism, Trust, cosmopolitanism
Thesis Date:2019
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:21 Nov 2019 12:32

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