Journal of Value Inquiry 52 (1) (2018)

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Mark Alfano
Macquarie University
Andrew Higgins
Illinois State University
Abstract
Because obituaries are succinct and explicitly intended to summarize their subjects’ lives, they may be expected to include only the features that the author finds most salient but also to signal to others in the community the socially-recognized aspects of the deceased’s character. We begin by reviewing studies 1 and 2, in which obituaries were carefully read and labeled. We then report study 3, which further develops these results with a semi-automated, large-scale semantic analysis of several thousand obituaries. Geography, gender, and elite status all turn out to be associated with the virtues and values associated with the deceased.
Keywords axiology  ethics  virtue  character  text-mining  visualization  obituary
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