Aesthetics and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection

Aesthetics and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection

by Jerrold Levinson
     
 

This major collection of new essays stands at the border of aesthetics and ethics and deals with charged issues of practical import: art and morality, the ethics of taste, censorship, and the objectivity of aesthetic judgments. As such its potential interest is by no means confined to professional philosophers; it should also appeal to art historians and critics,…  See more details below

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This major collection of new essays stands at the border of aesthetics and ethics and deals with charged issues of practical import: art and morality, the ethics of taste, censorship, and the objectivity of aesthetic judgments. As such its potential interest is by no means confined to professional philosophers; it should also appeal to art historians and critics, literary theorists, and students of film and the media. Prominent philosophers in both aesthetics and ethics tackle a wide array of issues. Some of the questions explored include: Can art be morally enlightening and, if so, how? If a work of art is morally better, does that make it better as art? Is morally deficient art to be shunned or even censored? Do subjects of artworks have rights as to how they are represented? Do artists have duties as artists and duties as human beings and, if so, to whom? How much tension is there between the demands of art and the demands of life? Is there such a thing as a personal aesthetic and, if so, what justification does it stand in need of? How much agreement can we reasonably expect to achieve in ethical and aesthetic matters as compared with scientific ones?

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'The editor's professed hope is that it may encourage and inspire others to investigate further the relationships between aesthetics and ethics. I am sure it is a hope which this stimulating volume will fulfil.' The Philosophical Quarterly

'In a short review it is impossible to do justice to the subtlety and complexity in these fine essays. Overall it is an excellent collection, both a good introduction to ethicists interested in the relation between ethics and aesthetics, and a rich mind for aestheticians, Kudos to the editor, Jerrold Levinson.' Music & Letters

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521585132
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/13/1998
Series:
Studies in Philosophy and the Arts
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

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