The Salacious and the Satirical: In Defense of Symmetric Comic Moralism

Journal of Aesthetic Education 47 (4):45-62 (2013)
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Aaron Smuts
Rhode Island College
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A common view holds that humor and morality are antithetical: Moral flaws enhance amusement, and moral virtues detract. I reject both of these claims. If we distinguish between merely outrageous jokes and immoral jokes, the problems with the common view become apparent. What we find is that genuine morals flaws tend to inhibit amusement. Further, by looking at satire, we can see that moral virtues sometimes enhance amusement. The position I defend is called symmetric comic moralism. It is widely regarded as patently absurd. I hope to correct this mistake.
Keywords art and morality  humor  moralism
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DOI 10.5406/jaesteduc.47.4.0045
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