Art and Ethical Criticism
July 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
- Reflects the importance of a moral life of engagement with works of art
- Forms part of the prestigious New Directions in Aesthetics series, which confronts the most intriguing problems in aesthetics and the philosophy of art today
Foreword (Garry L. Hagberg, University of East Anglia).
Part I: Historical Foundations.
1. Is Ethical Criticism a Problem? A Historical Perspective (Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania).
Part II: Conceptions of Ethical Content.
2. Narrative and the Ethical Life (Noël Carroll, Temple University).
3. A Nation of Madame Bovarys: On the Possibility and Desirability of Moral Improvement through Fiction (Joshua Landy, Stanford University).
4. Empathy, Expression, and What Artworks Have to Teach (Mitchell Green, University of Virginia).
Part III: Literature and Moral Responsibility.
5. “Solid Objects,” Solid Objections: On Virginia Woolf and Philosophy (Paisley Livingston, Lingnan University).
6. Disgrace: Bernard Williams and J. M. Coetzee (Catherine Wilson, City University of New York).
7. Facing Death Together: Camus’s The Plague (Robert C. Solomon).
Part IV: Visual Art, Artifacts, and the Ethical Response.
8. Staying in Touch (Carolyn Korsmeyer, University at Buffalo, State University of New York).
9. Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and the Ethical Dimensions of Photography (David Davies, McGill University).
10. Ethical Judgments in Museums (Ivan Gaskell, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University).
Part V: Music and Moral Relations.
11. Così’s Canon Quartet (Stephen Davies, University of Auckland).
12. Jazz Improvisation and Ethical Interaction: A Sketch of the Connections (Garry L. Hagberg, University of East Anglia).
- Provides a timely and philosophically significant contribution to modern aesthetics
- Features some of the best contemporary work in philosophical studies on literature, moral beliefs, and thinking in art
- Reflects on the significance of a moral life of engagement with works of art
"Hagberg draws together some of the top thinkers in aesthetics to consider the cross-impacts between these philosophical disciplines. The selections are widely representative of approaches to ethical criticism of artworks, and the ethical/aesthetic dimensions of the literary, visual, and auditory arts.” (CHOICE, March 2009)
“Garry Hagberg's new anthology Art and Ethical Criticism consists of twelve new essaysten by philosophers, one each by an art historian and a professor of Frenchtogether with a short foreword. The overall argument that emerges from these essays is that the first, broader topic (the powers and interest of art for human subjects) is more important than the second, narrower topic (the relation between artistic and moral value), and the essays are strongest exactly when they illuminate the powers and interest of art, precisely by not separating the artistic and ethical features of a work sharply from each other.” (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, January 2009)"This is an excellent and genuinely useful collection of essays on a very important topic that is just beginning to receive wide attention from analytical philosophers."
–Ted Cohen, University of Chicago