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    The ‘Moralism’ in Immoralism: a critique of Immoralism in Aesthetics

    Paris, Panos (2018) The ‘Moralism’ in Immoralism: a critique of Immoralism in Aesthetics. British Journal of Aesthetics 59 (1), pp. 13-33. ISSN 0007-0904.

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    According to immoralists, some artworks are better aesthetically in virtue of their immorality. A. W. Eaton recently offered a novel defence of this view, seeking to overcome shortcomings in previous accounts, thereby occasioning a reconsideration of immoralism. Yet, as I argue in this paper, Eaton’s attempt is unsuccessful, insofar as it consists partly of inadequately supported claims, and partly—and more interestingly, albeit paradoxically––of covert moralist assumptions that are, eo ipso, incompatible with immoralism. I then turn to a parallel debate in ethics concerning the possibility of admirable immorality, suggesting that a consideration of the state of that debate further supports my argument against immoralism. I close by suggesting some strategies by which immoralists may offer a rejoinder, although I note that their prospects are rather dim, not least because available defences of immoralism and similar positions all seem to share the same flawed pattern.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): moralism, aesthetics and ethics, ethicism, immoralism, value interaction
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Panos Paris
    Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 16:05
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:48


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