David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Response moralism holds that audience reactions to works of fiction can be morally bad. This position might appear implausible: How could it be bad to enjoy fictional suffering? It's just fiction. My goal is to sketch the most compelling argument in support of the theory. I show both how and how not to defend response moralism. First I argue that the best defenses in the literature fail. Then I offer a suggestion for how to support the theory. Finally, and most important, I argue that the difficulties for the theory have not been fully appreciated. To this end, I present, but do not attempt to solve, four issues facing response moralism.
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