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Single Idea 22700

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 7. Art and Morality]

Full Idea

Humean moralism includes the view that immoral art prescribes unethical emotional responses.

Gist of Idea

Immoral art encourages immoral emotions


Daniel Jacobson (Ethical Criticism and the Vice of Moderation [2006], 'emotional')

Book Reference

'Aesthetics and the Phil of Art (debates)', ed/tr. Kieran,Matthew [Blackwell 2004], p.347

A Reaction

[He cites Hume's 'On the Standard of Taste'] 'Prescribes' is tricky. Is a vivid description of wicked events, given without comment, a prescription? What if the commentary condemns, but the description entices? Trust the work itself, said Lawrence.