By Elisabeth Schellekens
Aesthetic and ethical worth are frequently visible to move hand in hand. They achieve this not just virtually, comparable to in our daily tests of artistic endeavors that increase ethical questions, but in addition theoretically, similar to in Kant's idea that attractiveness is the emblem of morality. a few philosophers have argued that it really is within the relation among aesthetic and ethical price that the main to an enough figuring out of both proposal lies. yet tricky questions abound. needs to a piece of paintings be morally admirable in an effort to be aesthetically invaluable? How, if in any respect, do our ethical values form our aesthetic decisions - and vice versa?
Aesthetics and Morality is a stimulating and insightful inquiry into accurately this set of questions. Elisabeth Schellekens explores the most principles and debates on the intersection of aesthetics and ethical philosophy. She invitations readers to mirror at the nature of good looks, artwork and morality, and offers the philosophical wisdom to render such mirrored image extra rigorous. This unique, inspiring and unique ebook sheds necessary new gentle on a significantly advanced and tough sector of concept.
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Rather. and on a more positive note, it does seem to suggest that the aesthetic, in virtue of having a deeply fluent and non-restrictive character, may be particularly ope n to influences from neighbour ing areas. The question that confronts us, therefore, has less to do with pinpointing the conditions in which an experience or object should be characterized in distinctively and uncontroversially aesthetic terms, than it does with exploring the limits of the term's application. How far does aesthetic experience and value go?
Prominent among those philosophers who defend the view that cognitive value is not only possible with regards to art but actually important to our understanding of it, is Aristotle. In his Poetics, he writes that poetry treats of universals (or concepts) rather than particulars, and is an excellent vehicle for transmitting knowledge of the former. Art, for Aristotle, is thus the realization of a universal: unlike history, which is limited to listing past events and is thus constrained to particulars, art seeks to capture and portray the universal in each individual phenomenon.
Because if Wittgenstein and his followers are to be believed. then Aesthetics and Ethics are to be amalgamated, and history has shown that such a merger is rarely to the advantage of Aesthetics, at least in terms of philosophical discourse. If, however, it can be established that aesthetic value is an entirely legitimate kind of value alongside moral value, and that there is therefore no risk for the former to be completely reduced to the latter, we can proceed with the more epistemological side of our enquiry.