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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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Cognitive Argument: The Aesthetic Claim

Cognitive Argument: The Aesthetic Claim

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(p.165) 8 Cognitive Argument: The Aesthetic Claim
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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/9780199263219.003.0008

This chapter completes the cognitive argument for ethicism by defending the aesthetic claim. It develops the componential and the critical vocabulary arguments in support of the claim. It also answers autonomist objections due to Stolnitz, Lamarque, and Diffey, and contextualist objections due to Kieran. It then discusses several artistic techniques, such as the use of imagery and the creation of complex characters, and artistic strategies, such as the ethical journey and seduction strategies, which artworks employ to teach us morally and to do so in a way that makes their moral teaching an aesthetic merit in them. The chapter concludes with a detailed discussion of Nabokov's Lolita to illustrate these techniques and strategies in action.

Keywords:   aesthetic cognitivism, Kieran, Lamarque, Lolita, Nabokov, seduction strategy, Stolnitz

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