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To Honor our Heroes: Analysis of the Obituaries of Australians Killed in Action in WWI and WWII

Marc Cheong, Mark Alfano

2020 25TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PATTERN RECOGNITION (ICPR) | IEEE COMPUTER SOC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Obituaries represent a prominent way of expressing the human universal of grief. According to philosophers, obituaries are a ritualized way of evaluating both individuals who have passed away and the communities that helped to shape them. The basic idea is that you can tell what it takes to count as a good person of a particular type in a particular community by seeing how persons of that type are described and celebrated in their obituaries. Obituaries of those killed in conflict, in particular, are rich repositories of communal values, as they reflect the values and virtues that are admired and respected in individuals who are considered to be heroes in their communities. In this paper, we..

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