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ERIC Number: EJ1002793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Ethicism and Immoral Cognitivism: Gaut versus Kieran on Art and Morality
Sauchelli, Andrea
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v46 n3 p107-118 Fall 2012
Berys Gaut has recently defended a theory according to which a moral defect of a work of art represents an aesthetic defect of the work itself. This theory, called ethicism, has been criticized by Matthew Kieran, who argued that, on the contrary, in certain cases moral defects can increase the artistic value of artworks. In this essay I clarify the main points of the debate and claim that Gaut's defense of his theory is not convincing. (Contains 29 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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