Geoffrey Scarre



I am professor of Philosophy at Durham University.

I am also the Founder and Co-Director of the Durham University Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage.


Current Research Interests:


    Mainly moral philosophy and the ethics of archaeology.


My single-author books are these:


     (1)     Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe (Basingstoke:  Macmillan, 1987), ix +75 pp; second edition, 2002, ix. + 90pp; Japanese translation, 2004.; Chinese translation forthcoming 2010.

     (2)     Logic and Reality in the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1988), vii+242 pp.

(3)       Utilitarianism (London: Routledge, 1996), viii+225 pp. (Also available as an e-book.)

(4)       After Evil: Responding to Wrongdoing (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), vii+202pp.

(5)       Death (Stocksfield: Acumen Press; Montreal: McGill-Queens Univ. Press) January 2007), ix + 175 pp.

(6)       Reader’s Guide to Mill’s On Liberty (London and NY: Continuum Press, April 2007), vii+166pp.

(7)       On Courage  (Abingdon: Routledge 2010), viii+176pp.


I also edited:


(1)       Children, Parents and Politics (Cambridge: CUP, 1988), xiv+207 pp.

(2)       Geoffrey Scarre and Eve Garrard (eds.), Moral Philosophy and the Holocaust (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), xix + 277pp.

     (3)  Chris Scarre and Geoffrey Scarre (eds.): The Ethics of Archaeology: Philosophical

           Perspectives on Archaeological Practice (Cambridge: CUP, 2006), xi+318pp.


Some of my recent articles are these:


(1)  ‘On caring about our posthumous reputation`, American Philosophical Quarterly, 38, 2001, 13pp.

(2) ‘Archaeology and respect for the dead`, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 20, 2003, 13pp

(3)  ‘Excusing the inexcusable? Moral responsibility and ideologically-motivated wrongdoing’, Journal of Social Philosophy, 36, 2005, 16pp.

(4) ‘Can archaeology harm the dead?’ in Chris Scarre and Geoffrey Scarre (eds.) The Ethics of Archaeology (Cambridge: C.U.P., 2006), 18pp.

(5)     ‘The appropriation of human remains’, in Conrad Brunk and James Young (ed.), Stolen Goods? The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) .

(6)      ‘The banality of good?’ Journal of Moral Philosophy , 6, 2009, 20pp.

(7)     ‘Wrong that is right?  The paradox of the felix culpa’, in P.A. Tabensky (ed.), The Positive Function of Evil (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

(8)     FORTHCOMING: ‘Evil’, in J. Skorupski (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Ethics (Abingdon: Routledge).

(9)     FORTHCOMING: ‘Moral philosophy and the dead’,  in Sarah Tarlow (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial (Oxford: O.U.P).

(10) FORTHCOMING:  Robin Coningham and Geoffrey Scarre (eds.) The Ethics of Archaeology II: the Appropriation of the Past (Cambridge: C.U.P),