Defaming The Dead

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

byDon Herzog

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This is a delightfully deceptive works that start out with a simple, seemingly arcane question—can you libel or slander the dead?—and develops it outward, tackling larger and larger implications, until it ends up straddling the borders between law, culture, philosophy, and the meaning of life. A full answer to this question requires legal scholar Don Herzog to consider what tort law is actually designed to protect, what differences death makes—and what differences it doesn’t—and why we value what we value. Herzog is one of those rare scholarly writers who can make the most abstract argument compelling and entertaining.

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This is a delightfully deceptive works that start out with a simple, seemingly arcane question—can you libel or slander the dead?—and develops it outward, tackling larger and larger implications, until it ends up straddling the borders between law, culture, philosophy, and the meaning of life. A full answer to this question requires le...

Don Herzog teaches law and political theory at the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300221541

ISBN - 13:9780300221541

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"Don Herzog explores an odd corner of tort law--defamation and other cases on behalf of the dead--to make the case that individuals really do have interests in what happens after they are dead, and that the point of tort law is to vindicate individual interests. A must-read for those who deny that the dead have interests; a terrific romp for those who think they do.—Elizabeth Anderson, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor