The UK has undertaken to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention which aims to protect cultural property in war zones. The Convention raises the question of whether cultural property ought to be protected at the cost of human life. The conventional view is that protecting human life outweighs protecting cultural property. I will consider the argument to this conclusion; examining its structure, and debating its weaknesses.
Derek Matravers is a Senior Member of the College. He was a junior member of Darwin from 1987 to 1991, when he studied for his PhD under Hugh Mellor (then a Fellow of the College). He was a Junior Research Fellow from 1991 to 1994. He is now Professor of Philosophy of The Open University.