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Art, Emotion and Ethics$
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Berys Gaut

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263219.001.0001

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Artistic and Critical Practices

Artistic and Critical Practices

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Art, Emotion and Ethics

Berys Gaut (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses artists' ethical aims in their works and the influential role of ethical criticism in critical practice, even in the writings of the New Critics and of post-structuralist thinkers, such as Foucault, who ostensibly reject ethical criticism. It shows that the use of the terms, ‘moralistic’ and ‘didactic’, as terms of critical censure are consistent with ethicism. Thus, artistic and critical practices subjected to a process of reflective testing give support to ethicism. But it is also shown that given the sheer diversity of critical practices and the strength of ethicism relative to contextualism, appeals to such practices cannot decisively establish ethicism.

Keywords:   artists' aims, contextualism, didactic, ethical criticism, ethicism, Foucault, moralistic, New Criticism, post-structuralism

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