To restore or not to restore?

What philosophical issues arise during the restoration of historical sites? Professor Derek Matravers considers the arguments for and against repairing, restoring and reconstructing buildings of ruin.

To repair, restore or reconstruct?

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An engraving of French archaeologist, Adolphe Napoleon Didron (1806–1867)
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Carcassonne Castle, France — mike1550 under CC0 licence under Creative-Commons license

The philosophical debate

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House of Blackheads and St. Peter’s Church Tower at dusk, Riga, Latvia — Diliff under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

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