Conflict and Cultural Heritage: A Moral Analysis of the Challenges of Heritage Protection

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J. Paul Getty Trust


Getty Publications Virtual Library



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This book discusses the moral appropriateness of using military force in protecting cultural heritage. It can be downloaded from the website of Getty Publications Virtual Library. 

This is the third book in the series titled, ‘J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy.’ It delves into a variety of possibilities arising out of forceful protection of cultural heritage in conflict zones. This includes discussions on collateral damage caused by military intervention, in the course of protecting heritage.

Getty is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs—Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Foundation, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Getty Research Institute—Getty pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities in order to promote a vital civil society through an understanding of the visual arts. 

Some of the domains discussed in the e-book are:

  • Extrinsic and intrinsic justifications for harming
  • Conflating extrinsic and intrinsic justifications
  • Intentionally killing for the sake of heritage