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Art, Emotion and Ethics

Berys Gaut


This book investigates the relation of art to morality, a topic that has been of central and recurring interest to the philosophy of art since Plato. The book explores the various positions that have been taken in this debate, and argues for ethicism — a position that holds that an artwork is always aesthetically flawed insofar as it possesses an ethical demerit that is aesthetically relevant. Three main arguments are developed for this view: these involve showing that moral goodness is a kind of beauty (the moral beauty argument); that art can teach us about morality and thereby often has aes ... More

Keywords: aesthetic cognitivism, aesthetic value, art and ethics, art and morality, emotion and fiction, ethical criticism, ethicism, ethics, imagination, moral beauty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199263219
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Berys Gaut, author
University of St Andrews
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