Art, Emotion and Ethics is a systematic investigation of the relation of art to morality, a topic that has been of central and recurring interest to the philosophy of art since Plato. Berys Gaut explores the various positions that have been taken in this debate, and argues that an artwork is always aesthetically flawed insofar as it possesses a moral defect that is aesthetically relevant. Three main arguments are developed for this view; these involve showing how moralgoodness is itself a kind of beauty, that artworks can teach us about morality and that this is under certain conditions an aes
The long debate Aesthetics and ethics : basic concepts A conceptual map Autonomism Artistic and critical practices Questions of character The cognitive argument : the epistemic claim The cognitive argument : the aesthetic claim Emotion and imagination The merited response argument.
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