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    Why Ideal Critics Are Not Ideal: Aesthetic Character, Motivation and Value.Matthew Kieran - 2008 - British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (3):278-294.
    On a contemporary Humean-influenced view, the responses of suitably idealized appreciators are presented as tracking, or even determining, facts about artistic value. Focusing on the intra-personal case, this paper argues that (i) facts about the refinement and reconfiguration of aesthetic character together with (ii) the manner in which autobiography and character are implicated in artistic appreciation make it de facto unlikely that we can reliably come to know how our ideal counterpart would respond to a given artwork. Attribution of superhuman (...)
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  2. Mere Exposure to Bad Art.Aaron Meskin, Mark Phelan, Margaret Moore & Matthew Kieran - 2013 - British Journal of Aesthetics 53 (2):139-164.
  3. The Vice of Snobbery: Aesthetic Knowledge, Justification and Virtue in Art Appreciation.Matthew Kieran - 2010 - Philosophical Quarterly 60 (239):243-263.
    Apparently snobbery undermines justification for and legitimacy of aesthetic claims. It is also pervasive in the aesthetic realm, much more so than we tend to presume. If these two claims are combined, a fundamental problem arises: we do not know whether or not we are justified in believing or making aesthetic claims. Addressing this new challenge requires an epistemological story which underpins when, where and why snobbish judgement is problematic, and how appreciative claims can survive. This leads towards a virtue-theoretic (...)
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  4. Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts.Matthew Kieran & Dominic Lopes (eds.) - 2003 - Routledge.
    Imagination is a central concept in aesthetics with close ties to issues in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, yet it has not received the kind of sustained, critical attention it deserves. Imagination, Philosophy and the Arts represents the work of fifteen young yet distinguished philosophers of art, who critically examine just how and in what form the notion of imagination illuminates fundamental problems in the philosophy of art. All new papers, a strong collection on the imagination (...)
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  5. Art, Imagination, and the Cultivation of Morals.Matthew Kieran - 1996 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 54 (4):337-351.
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    Art and Morality.Matthew Kieran - 2003 - In Jerrold Levinson (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics. Oxford University Press. pp. 451--470.
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  7. Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind.Greg Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin & Jon Robson (eds.) - 2014 - Oxford University Press.
    How far should philosophical accounts of the value and interpretation of art be sensitive to the scientific approaches used by psychologists, sociologists, and evolutionary thinkers? A team of experts urge different answers to this question, and explore how empirical inquiry can shed light on problems traditionally regarded as philosophical.
     
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  8. Art, Morality and Ethics: On the (Im)Moral Character of Art Works and Inter-Relations to Artistic Value.Matthew Kieran - 2006 - Philosophy Compass 1 (2):129–143.
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    Motivated Creativity and Character.Matthew Kieran - unknown
    Matthew Kieran on true creativity, motivation, and character.
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  10. Relative Values in Art.Matthew Kieran - forthcoming - Journal of Aesthetic Education.
     
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  11. Pornographic Art.Matthew Kieran - 2001 - Philosophy and Literature 25 (1):31-45.
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    Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art.Matthew Kieran (ed.) - 2005 - Blackwell.
    The contributions to this volume provide a thorough introduction to the major topics in contemporary aesthetics and the philosophy of art, in the distinctive format of philosophers engaging in head-to-head debate at a level accessible to ...
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    On Obscenity: The Thrill and Repulsion of the Morally Prohibited.Matthew Kieran - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (1):31-55.
    The paper proceeds by criticising the central accounts of obscenity proffered by Feinberg, Scruton and the suggestive remarks of Nussbaum and goes on to argue for the following formal characterization of obscenity: x is appropriately judged obscene if and only if either x is appropriately classified as a member of a form or class of objects whose authorized purpose is to solicit and commend to us cognitive-affective responses which are internalized as morally prohibited and does so in ways found to (...)
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  14. Teaching & Learning Guide For: Art, Morality and Ethics: On the Moral Character of Art Works and Inter-Relations to Artistic Value.Matthew Kieran - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (5):426-431.
  15. Media Ethics: A Philosophical Approach.Matthew Kieran - 1999 - Philosophical Quarterly 49 (197):558-560.
     
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    Knowledge: Aesthetic Psychology and Appreciative Virtues.Matthew Kieran - 2011 - In Elisabeth Schellekens & Peter Goldie (eds.), The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology. Oxford University Press. pp. 32.
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    The Impoverishment of Art.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - British Journal of Aesthetics 35 (1):15-25.
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    Revealing Art.Matthew Kieran - 2004 - Routledge.
    Why does art matter to us, and what makes it good? Why is the role of imagination so important in art? Illustrated with carefully chosen colour and black-and-white plates of examples from Michaelangelo to Matisse and Poussin to Pollock, _Revealing Art_ takes us on a compelling and provocative journey. Kieran explores some of the most important questions we can ask ourselves about art: how can art inspire us or disgust us? Is artistic judgement simply a matter of taste? Can art (...)
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    Aesthetic Value: Beauty, Ugliness and Incoherence.Matthew Kieran - 1997 - Philosophy 72 (281):383 - 399.
    [FIRST PARAGRAPHS] From Plato through Aquinas to Kant and beyond beauty has traditionally been considered the paradigmatic aesthetic quality. Thus, quite naturally following Socrates' strategy in The Meno, we are tempted to generalize from our analysis of the nature and value of beauty, a particular aesthetic value, to an account of aesthetic value generally. When we look at that which is beautiful, the object gives rise to a certain kind of pleasure within us. Thus aesthetic value is characterized in terms (...)
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    For the Love of Art: Artistic Values and Appreciative Virtue.Matthew Kieran - 2012 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 71:13-31.
    It is argued that instrumentalizing the value of art does an injustice to artistic appreciation and provides a hostage to fortune. Whilst aestheticism offers an intellectual bulwark against such an approach, it focuses on what is distinctive of art at the expense of broader artistic values. It is argued that artistic appreciation and creativity involve not just skills but excellences of character. The nature of particular artistic or appreciative virtues and vices are briefly explored, such as snobbery, aestheticism and creativity, (...)
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    Creative Characters.Matthew Kieran - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 58:13-15.
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    Painter at the Court of Milan.Matthew Kieran - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 57 (57):12-15.
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  23. Why Ideal Critics Are Not Ideal: Aesthetic Character, Motivation and Value: Articles.Matthew Kieran - 2008 - British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (3):278-294.
    On a contemporary Humean-influenced view, the responses of suitably idealized appreciators are presented as tracking, or even determining, facts about artistic value. Focusing on the intra-personal case, this paper argues that facts about the refinement and reconfiguration of aesthetic character together with the manner in which autobiography and character are implicated in artistic appreciation make it de facto unlikely that we can reliably come to know how our ideal counterpart would respond to a given artwork. Attribution of superhuman abilities to (...)
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  24. Forbidden Knowledge: The Challenge of Immoralism.Matthew Kieran - 2003 - In Jose Luis Bermudez & Sebastian Gardner (eds.), Art and Morality. Routledge.
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    Review: A Theory of Art. [REVIEW]Matthew Kieran - 2002 - Mind 111 (441):81-84.
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  26. Value of Art.Matthew Kieran - 2001 - In Berys Nigel Gaut & Dominic Lopes (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics. Routledge.
     
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    Creativity, Virtue and the Challenges From Natural Talent, Ill-Being and Immorality.Matthew Kieran - 2014 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 75:203-230.
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  28. In Search of a Narrative.Matthew Kieran - 2003 - In Matthew Kieran & Dominic Lopes (eds.), Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts. Routledge. pp. 69--87.
     
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    For the Love of Art: Artistic Values and Appreciative Virtue: Matthew Kieran.Matthew Kieran - 2013 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 71:13-31.
    It is argued that instrumentalizing the value of art does an injustice to artistic appreciation and provides a hostage to fortune. Whilst aestheticism offers an intellectual bulwark against such an approach, it focuses on what is distinctive of art at the expense of broader artistic values. It is argued that artistic appreciation and creativity involve not just skills but excellences of character. The nature of particular artistic or appreciative virtues and vices are briefly explored, such as snobbery, aestheticism and creativity, (...)
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    Aesthetic Value: Beauty, Ugliness and Incoherence: Matthew Kieran.Matthew Kieran - 1997 - Philosophy 72 (281):383-399.
    From Plato through Aquinas to Kant and beyond beauty has traditionally been considered the paradigmatic aesthetic quality. Thus, quite naturally following Socrates' strategy in The Meno, we are tempted to generalize from our analysis of the nature and value of beauty, a particular aesthetic value, to an account of aesthetic value generally. When we look at that which is beautiful, the object gives rise to a certain kind of pleasure within us. Thus aesthetic value is characterized in terms of that (...)
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    Applied Philosophy and Business Ethics.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):175-187.
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    Against Art Theory.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - Cogito 9 (1):41-48.
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    Violent Films.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - Philosophy Now 12:15-18.
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    Hume, Holism and Miracles by David Johnson, Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 1999, Pp. 106 £22.95 Hb. [REVIEW]Matthew Kieran - 2001 - Philosophy 76 (2):312-327.
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    Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Matthew Kieran - 1997 - British Journal of Aesthetics 37 (3):443-445.
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    Against Art Theory.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - Cogito 9 (1):41-48.
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    Valuing Emotions by Michael Stocker with Elizabeth Hegeman. Cambridge University Press, 1996, Pp. XXVIII + 353. £45.00 Hb, £15.95 Pb. [REVIEW]Matthew Kieran - 1998 - Philosophy 73 (2):305-324.
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    A Theory of Art.Matthew Kieran - 2002 - Mind 111 (441):81-84.
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    Introduction.Matthew Kieran - 2003 - Philosophical Papers 32 (3):235-241.
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    Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Matthew Kieran - 1996 - British Journal of Aesthetics 36 (4):443-445.
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  41. Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art.Gregory Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin & Margaret Moore (eds.) - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    Musical listening, looking at paintings and literary creation are activities that involve perceptual and cognitive activity and so are of interest to psychologists and other scientists of the mind. What sorts of interest should philosophers of the arts take in scientific approaches to such issues? Opinion currently ranges across a spectrum, with 'take no notice' at one end and 'abandon traditional philosophical methods' at the other. This collection of essays, originating in a Royal Institute of Philosophy conference at the Leeds (...)
     
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  42. Creativity and Philosophy.Berys Gaut & Matthew Kieran (eds.) - forthcoming - Routledge.
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  43. Artistic Character, Creativity, and the Appraisal of Conceptual Art.Matthew Kieran - 2007 - In Peter Goldie & Elisabeth Schellekens (eds.), Philosophy and Conceptual Art. Oxford University Press. pp. 197.
     
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  44. Artistic Character, Creativity, and the Appreciation of Conceptual Art.Matthew Kieran - 2009 - In Peter Goldie & Elisabeth Schellekens (eds.), Philosophy and Conceptual Art. Oxford University Press.
     
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  45. Creative Characters.Matthew Kieran - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 58:13-15.
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  46. Emotions, Art, and Immorality.Matthew Kieran - 2009 - In Peter Goldie (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion. Oxford University Press.
     
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  47. Euro Disney: European Fantasia or Nightmare?Matthew Kieran - 1992 - Animus: A Cultural Review 1:27-31.
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  48. Incoherence and Musical Appreciation.Matthew Kieran - forthcoming - Journal of Aesthetic Education.
     
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  49. In Defence Of Critical Pluralism.Matthew Kieran - 1996 - British Journal of Aesthetics 36 (3):239-251.
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  50. Imagination, Philosophy and the Arts.Matthew Kieran & Dominic Lopes (eds.) - 2003 - Routledge.
    _Imagination, Philosophy and the Arts_ is the first comprehensive collection of papers by philosophers examining the nature of imagination and its role in understanding and making art. Imagination is a central concept in aesthetics with close ties to issues in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, yet it has not received the kind of sustained, critical attention it deserves. This collection of seventeen brand new essays critically examines just how and in what form the notion of imagination (...)
     
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