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Philosophy and Museums: Essays on the Philosophy of Museums

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2018.05.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Victoria S. Harrison, Anna Bergqvist and Gary Kemp (eds.), Philosophy and Museums: Essays on the Philosophy of Museums, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 385pp., $39.00, ISBN 9781107545670. Reviewed by Elisa Caldarola, Università di Padova This volume collects fifteen essays debating the value of museums, the ontology and epistemology of exhibited objects, and museum ethics. The essays stem from talks originally given at a conference at the University of Glasgow in 2013 by philosophers working both within and outside the analytic tradition, museum scholars, and museum practitioners. The collection succeeds in showing that we need a philosophy of museums to improve our understanding of such institutions. In the opening essay, Mark O'Neill describes a number of questions calling for the engagement of philosophers with museums: What types of value do museums have? What is the ethically correct stance for a. . .

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