Moralism in aesthetics

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2007-08
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Texas Tech University
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Several contemporary philosophers have argued that moral flaws in an artwork, such as an artwork’s presenting an immoral perspective as commendable, constitute aesthetic flaws, i.e., that the presence of moral flaws in an artwork diminish its aesthetic value. The arguments put forth to support this position fail, or so I argue, as several objections to them are raised and analyzed. Once the ground has been cleared of moralist concerns, I propose some arguments for the value of immoral art.

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Aesthetics, Moralism
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