David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophia 36 (2):181-193 (2008)
Moralists hold that art criticism can and should take stock of moral considerations. Though moralists disagree over the proper scope of ethical art criticism, they are unified in their acceptance of the consistency of valence thesis: when an artwork fares poorly from the moral point of view, and this fact is art critically relevant, then it is thereby worse qua artwork. In this paper, I argue that a commitment to moralism, however strong, is unattractive because it requires that we radically revise our art critical practices in contexts where revision seems ill advised. I will consider two such cases, Pushkinâs Eugene Onegin and Balthusâ Alice. When we further reflect on our actual art critical practices in cases like these, we find that we do not have an unfailing commitment to the consistency of valence thesis. That is, some artworks are (artistically) good because they are (morally) bad
|Keywords||Art Ethics Aesthetics Moralism Immoralism|
|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
Stephanie L. Patridge (2013). Pornography, Ethics, and Video Games. Ethics and Information Technology 15 (1):25-34.
Similar books and articles
Peter Goldie (2007). Towards a Virtue Theory of Art. British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (4):372-387.
James Harold (2006). On Judging the Moral Value of Narrative Artworks. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 64 (2):259–270.
Katherine Thomson (2002). Aesthetic and Ethical Mediocrity in Art. Philosophical Papers 31 (2):199-215.
James Harold (2008). Immoralism and the Valence Constraint. British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (1):45-64.
Henry John Pratt (2012). Artistic Institutions, Valuable Experiences: Coming to Terms with Artistic Value. Philosophia 40 (3):591-606.
Graham McFee (2005). The Artistic and the Aesthetic. British Journal of Aesthetics 45 (4):368-387.
Peter Goldie (2008). Virtues of Art and Human Well-Being. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 82 (1):179-195.
Donovan Miyasaki (2007). Against the Moral Appraisal of Art: Wayne Booth and the Case of Huck Finn. Philosophy and Literature 31 (1):125-32.
Rob van Gerwen (2004). Ethical Autonomism. The Work of Art as a Moral Agent. Contemporary Aesthetics 2.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads30 ( #131,006 of 1,796,216 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #468,533 of 1,796,216 )
How can I increase my downloads?