David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Contemporary Aesthetics 2 (2004)
Much contemporary art seems morally out of control. Yet, philosophers seem to have trouble finding the right way to morally evaluate works of art. The debate between autonomists and moralists, I argue, has turned into a stalemate due to two mistaken assumptions. Against these assumptions, I argue that the moral nature of a work's contents does not transfer to the work and that, if we are to morally evaluate works we should try to conceive of them as moral agents. Ethical autonomism holds that art's autonomy consists in its demand that art appreciators take up an artistic attitude. A work's agency then is in how it merits their audiences' attitudinal switch. Ethical autonomism allows for the moral assessment of art works without giving up their autonomy, by viewing artistic merit as a moral category and art-relevant moral evaluation as having the form of art criticism
|Keywords||ethical criticism of art moralism autonomism ethicism|
|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
James Harold (2011). Autonomism Reconsidered. British Journal of Aesthetics 51 (2):137-147.
Alessandro Giovannelli (2007). The Ethical Criticism of Art: A New Mapping of the Territory. Philosophia 35 (2):117-127.
Katherine Thomson (2002). Aesthetic and Ethical Mediocrity in Art. Philosophical Papers 31 (2):199-215.
Jonathan Gilmore (2011). A Functional View of Artistic Evaluation. Philosophical Studies 155 (2):289-305.
Francisca Pérez Carreño (2006). El Valor Moral Del Arte y la Emoción (The Moral Value of Art and Emotion). Critica 38 (114):69 - 92.
Andrea Sauchelli (2012). Ethicism and Immoral Cognitivism: Gaut Versus Kieran on Art and Morality. Journal of Aesthetic Education 46 (3):107-118.
Stephanie Patridge (2008). Moral Vices as Artistic Virtues: Eugene Onegin and Alice. Philosophia 36 (2):181-193.
Raja Halwani (2009). Ethicism, Interpretation, and Munich. Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (1):71-87.
Berys Nigel Gaut (2007). Art, Emotion and Ethics. Oxford University Press.
Jerrold Levinson (ed.) (1998). Aesthetics and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection. Cambridge University Press.
Matthew Kieran (1996). Art, Imagination, and the Cultivation of Morals. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 54 (4):337-351.
Clementina Red (2012). Specular Phenomenology: Art and Art Criticism. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 17 (2):248-260.
Noël Carroll (2002). The Wheel of Virtue: Art, Literature, and Moral Knowledge. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (1):3–26.
Added to index2011-04-24
Total downloads25 ( #82,422 of 1,692,620 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #46,145 of 1,692,620 )
How can I increase my downloads?