Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Floris Tomasini
    Pages 1-4 Open Access
  3. Conceptual Groundworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Floris Tomasini
      Pages 7-20 Open Access
    3. Floris Tomasini
      Pages 21-37 Open Access
  4. Historical Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Floris Tomasini
      Pages 41-71 Open Access
    3. Floris Tomasini
      Pages 73-97 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 99-103

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licence. 

This book is a multidisciplinary work that investigates the notion of posthumous harm over time. The question what is and when is death, affects how we understand the possibility of posthumous harm and redemption. Whilst it is impossible to hurt the dead, it is possible to harm the wishes, beliefs and memories of persons that once lived. In this way, this book highlights the vulnerability of the dead, and makes connections to a historical oeuvre, to add critical value to similar concepts in history that are overlooked by most philosophers. There is a long historical view of case studies that illustrate the conceptual character of posthumous punishment; that is, dissection and gibbetting of the criminal corpse after the Murder Act (1752), and those shot at dawn during the First World War. A long historical view is also taken of posthumous harm; that is, body-snatching in the late Georgian period, and organ-snatching at Alder Hey in the 1990s.


Open Access history of crime medical humanities capital punishment philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Floris Tomasini
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53827-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53828-4
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