Art, Emotion, and Ethics
By (author) Berys Gaut
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Art, Emotion, and Ethics by Berys Gaut
Book DescriptionArt, Emotion and Ethics is a systematic investigation of the relation of art to morality, a topic that has been of central and recurring interest to the philosophy of art since Plato. Berys Gaut explores the various positions that have been taken in this debate, and argues that an artwork is always aesthetically flawed insofar as it possesses a moral defect that is aesthetically relevant. Three main arguments are developed for this view; these involve showing how moral goodness is itself a kind of beauty, that artworks can teach us about morality and that this is under certain conditions an aesthetic merit in them, and that our emotional responses to works of art are properly guided in part by moral considerations. Art, Emotion and Ethics also contains detailed interpretations of a wide range of artworks, including Rembrandt's Bathsheba and Nabokov's Lolita, which show that ethical criticism can yield rich and plausible accounts of individual works. Gaut develops a new theory of the nature of aesthetic value, explores how art can teach us about the world and what we morally ought to do by guiding our imaginings, and argues that we can have genuine emotions towards people and events that we know are merely fictional. Characterised by its clarity and sustained argument, this book will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand the relation of art to morality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199263219
(230mm x 150mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Art, Emotion and Ethics, Paperback (August 2009)» View all books by Berys Gaut
Can a good work of art be evil? Berys Gaut argues that artworks are always aesthetically flawed if they have a moral defect that is aesthetically relevant. He shows how moral goodness is a kind of beauty, that artworks can teach us about morality, and that it is right for emotional responses to artworks to be guided in part by moral considerations.
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Author Biography - Berys Gaut
Berys Gaut is Reader in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews.
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