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By Prospect Team   December 2020

Don’t look back in anger

Objects are guiltless. A Roman spearhead bears no responsibility for the slaughter of Celtic tribes, nor is a looted African bronze to blame for the actions of the imperial looters. Only humans have moral responsibility for the actions of humans; the beautiful or mundane detritus of our lives is ethically inert. So I follow Tristram Hunt in his balanced and thoughtful recent piece in Prospect (“Museum peace,” November). Museums and galleries are teaching places in which context is all and through which…

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