Social and Cultural Costs

Matravers, Derek (2020). Social and Cultural Costs. In: Cuno, James and Weiss, Thomas G. eds. Cultural Heritage Under Siege: Laying the Foundation for a Legal and Political Framework to Protect Cultural Heritage at Risk in Zones of Armed Conflict. J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Publications, pp. 54–64.



This paper short contribution argues that the widely-accepted general truth, that attention to heritage contributes to a worthwhile human life, does not deliver guidance in particular cases. That is, it will not help in weighing the cost of preserving this particular bit of heritage against other costs.

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