Can the dead be brought into disrepute?

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 28 (2):137-149 (2007)
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Mats J. Hansson
Uppsala Universitet
Abstract
Queen Christina of Sweden was unconventional in her time, leading to hypotheses on her gender and possible hermaphroditic nature. If genetic analysis can substantiate the latter claim, could this bring the queen into disrepute 300 years after her death? Joan C. Callahan has argued that if a reputation changes, this constitutes a change only in the group of people changing their views and not in the person whose reputation it is. Is this so? This paper analyses what constitutes change and draws out the implications to the reputation of the dead. It is argued that a reputation is a relational property which can go through changes. The change is “real” for the group changing their views on Queen Christina and of a Cambridge kind for the long dead queen herself. Cambridge changes result in new properties being acquired, some of which can be of significance.
Keywords Callahan, Joan C.  Cambridge change  posthumous change  relational change  relational properties
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DOI 10.1007/s11017-007-9028-y
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