Title

Ethicism and immoral cognitivism : Gaut versus Kieran on art and morality

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Aesthetic Education

Publication Date

2012

Volume

46

Issue

3

First Page

107

Last Page

118

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.5406/jaesteduc.46.3.0107

Print ISSN

00218510

E-ISSN

15437809

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Sauchelli, A. (2012). Ethicism and immoral cognitivism : Gaut versus Kieran on art and morality. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 46(3), 107-118. doi: 10.5406/jaesteduc.46.3.0107