How Not to Defend Response Moralism

Abstract
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.
Keywords Art and morality  moralism  response moralism  aesthetics and ethics
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index Translate to english
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 9,351
External links
  •   Try with proxy.
  • Through your library Configure
    References found in this work BETA

    No references found.

    Citations of this work BETA

    No citations found.

    Similar books and articles
    Allan Hazlett (2009). How to Defend Response Moralism. British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (3):241-255.
    Noël Carroll (1996). Moderate Moralism. British Journal of Aesthetics 36 (3):223-238.
    James Gledhill (2012). Rawls and Realism. Social Theory and Practice 38 (1):55-82.
    Michael Brady (2010). Disappointment. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 84 (1):179-198.
    Noël Carroll (2002). The Wheel of Virtue: Art, Literature, and Moral Knowledge. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (1):3–26.
    Aaron Smuts (2013). The Ethics of Singing Along: The Case of 'Mind of a Lunatic'. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71 (1):121-129.
    Analytics

    Monthly downloads

    Added to index

    2012-03-18

    Total downloads

    13 ( #100,522 of 1,088,374 )

    Recent downloads (6 months)

    1 ( #69,601 of 1,088,374 )

    How can I increase my downloads?

    My notes
    Sign in to use this feature


    Discussion
    Start a new thread
    Order:
    There  are no threads in this forum
    Nothing in this forum yet.