David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 3 (2):137-167 (2000)
What does philosophy have to say about the argument that blasphemous art ought not to be publicly displayed? We examine four concepts of blasphemy: blasphemy as offence, attack on religion, attack on the sacred, attack on the blasphemer himself. We argue all four are needed to grasp this complex concept. We also argue for blasphemy as primarily a moral, not a religious concept. We then criticise four arguments for the public display of blasphemous art: it may be beautiful, provocative, devoutly intended, and is autonomous of religious concerns. Finally, we discuss the notions of blasphemy and blasphemous art as public offences. We conclude that the display of blasphemous art is a public, and not merely a private moral offence, and that there are respectable philosophical arguments for this conclusion.
|Keywords||art blasphemy freedom freedom of religion offence sacrilege|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Nicolas Whybrow (2011). Art and the City. Distributed in the U.S. And Canada Exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan.
Christy Mag Uidhir & P. D. Magnus (2011). Art Concept Pluralism. Metaphilosophy 42 (1-2):83-97.
Marilyn Mccord Adams (2003). In Praise of Blasphemy. Philosophia 30 (1-4):33-49.
William Maker (1992). Hegel's Blasphemy? History of Philosophy Quarterly 9 (1):67 - 85.
Vladimir Marchenkov (2002). Art and Religion in the Age of Denounced Master-Narratives. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 9 (1):71-82.
Brendan Larvor (1995). Blasphemy and the Rushdie Affair. Philosophy Now 14:13-14.
James Hale (2002). The Blasphemy of St Augustine. Philosophy Now 35:18-21.
Kathleen Kadon Desmond (2011). Ideas About Art. Wiley-Blackwell.
Dominic McIver Lopes (2007). Art Without ‘Art’. British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (1):1-15.
Merritt Y. Hughes (1955). A Meditation on Literary Blasphemy. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 14 (1):106-115.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads16 ( #108,529 of 1,101,947 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #128,846 of 1,101,947 )
How can I increase my downloads?