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کیمیای هنر 2016, 5(19): 7-22 Back to browse issues page
An Essay on Defending the Possibility of Ethical Criticism of Art
Mohsen Karami *, Malek Hosseini, Masoud Olia
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As many have said, “ethical criticism of art” has been the most enduring topic in the philosophy of art; but, in this broad topic, we must distinguish two problems: the first is the possibility of ethical criticism of artworks, and the second is the relevance of such criticism to the aesthetic value of artworks. In other words, the first problem is whether we can reasonably engage in ethical criticism of artworks or not, whereas the second problem is whether the ethical criticism of an artwork relates to the aesthetic criticism of it. This essay, however, is just about the second problem. To deal with the problem, we firstly divided the arguments against ethical criticism of art into three divisions - ontological, epistemological, and methodological - and then, gathering the arguments for the possibility of such criticism, from radical moralism to moderate autonomism and even “immoralism”, we attempted to meet the opponents and show that it can be reasonable to criticize ethically.

Keywords: ethical criticism of art, ontological arguments epistemological arguments, methodological arguments, moral/immoral situations, propositional knowledge, non-propositional knowledge, typical audience
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/12/3 | Accepted: 2016/12/3
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Karami M, Hosseini M, Olia M. An Essay on Defending the Possibility of Ethical Criticism of Art. کیمیای هنر. 2016; 5 (19) :7-22
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