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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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Questions of Character

Questions of Character

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(p.107) 6 Questions of Character
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Art, Emotion and Ethics
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Berys Gaut (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263219.003.0006

This chapter criticizes an argument of Wayne Booth, which defends ethical criticism in terms of the notion of befriending a work's implied author. It then defends the moral beauty view, which holds that ethical merit is a kind of beauty. The views of Hume and Colin McGinn on moral beauty are discussed. It is also argued that beauty is not essentially a sensory property. The moral beauty view is used to argue for ethicism. Autonomist and contextualist arguments against this argument are criticized.

Keywords:   beauty, Booth, friendship, Hume, implied author, Colin McGinn, moral beauty, sensory properties

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