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Art RethoughtThe Social Practices of Art$
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Nicholas Wolterstorff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747758.001.0001

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The Pursuit of Justice and the Social Practices of Art

The Pursuit of Justice and the Social Practices of Art

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Art Rethought

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Oxford University Press

In recent years there has been a good deal of discussion by philosophers of art about the relation between art and morality. If one’s focus is on works of fine art, the connection is not obvious. But if we take, as our basic framework for thinking about art, the social practices of art, then the relation between art and morality is obvious: when we engage in one or another of the social practices of art, we unavoidably treat our fellow human beings in ways that are or are not just, and that do or do not enhance their flourishing.

Keywords:   fine art, flourishing, justice, morality, social practices of art

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