Chapter 10. Ethical Judgments in Museums

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair
  1. Ivan Gaskell

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch10

Art and Ethical Criticism

Art and Ethical Criticism

How to Cite

Gaskell, I. (2008) Ethical Judgments in Museums, in Art and Ethical Criticism (ed G. L. Hagberg), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch10

Editor Information

  1. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Author Information

  1. Margaret S. Winthrop Curator, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

Book Series:

  1. New Directions in Aesthetics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dominic McIver Lopes3 and
  2. Berys Gaut4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. 4

    University of St Andrews, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405134835

Online ISBN: 9781444302813



  • ethical judgments in museums;
  • respecting sacred objects - difficulties;
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 - NAGPRA;
  • alternative grounds for respect - historical and aesthetic properties of object;
  • historical and aesthetic significance and entwined with monetary considerations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Respecting Sacred Objects: Some Difficulties

  • Alternative Grounds for Respect: The Historical and Aesthetic Properties of an Object