Art and Morality is a collection of groundbreaking new papers on the theme of aesthetics and ethics, and the link between the two subjects. A group of distinguished contributors tackle the important questions that arise when one thinks about the moral dimensions of art and the aesthetic dimension of moral life.
The volume is a significant contribution to philosophical literature, opening up unexplored questions and shedding new light on more traditional debates in aesthetics. The topics explored include: the relation of aesthetic to ethical judgement; the relation of artistic experience to moral consciousness; the moral status of fiction; the concepts of sentimentality and decadence; the moral dimension of critical practice, pictorial art and music; the moral significance of tragedy; and the connections between artistic and moral issues elaborated in the writings of central figures in modern philosophy, such as Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.
The contributors share the view that progress in aesthetics requires detailed study of the practice of criticism. This volume will appeal both to the philosophical community and to researchers in areas such as literary theory, musicology and the theory of art.
Table of ContentsJose Luis Bermudez and Sebastian Gardner Art and morality an introduction 1. Ethics and aesthetics are - ? 2. Art and moral eduction 3. Forbidden knowledge: the challenge of immoralism 4. Make-believe morality and fictional worlds 5. Sentimentality 6. The concept of decadence 7. Critical conversions 8. Love in Wagner's Ring 9. Moral depth and pictorial art 10. Kant and the ideal of beauty 11. Schopenhauer on tragedy and value 12. Tragedy, morality and metaphysics 13. Nietzsche's artistic revaluation 14. Art, experssion and morality.