Aesthetic Experience and the Ethical Dimension

Aesthetic Experience and the Ethical Dimension

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Aesthetic Experience and the Ethical Dimension. Essays on Moral Problems in Aesthetics. Eds. Arto Haapala & Oiva Kuisma
Philosophical Society of Finland
Acta Philosophica Fennica 72
Helsinki 2003, 164 pp.


The connection between aesthetics and ethics have gained more and more attention in recent philosophical discussion. Should art reflect reality truthfully, and should it have some kind of cognitive and moral function? What kind of role does art have in a society? In considering the ways we deal with art works, the most important ethical issues are raised by art criticism. Are there any moral standards that guide our critical activities? The papers in this collection reflect these dilemmas, which go back to Plato and Aristotle, from various view points and with different kinds of emphases.

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ISBN 951-9264-48-5
ISSN 0355-1792