Ideas from 'The Ethical Criticism of Art' by Berys Gaut [1998], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Aesthetics and the Phil of Art (Analytic trad)' (ed/tr Lamarque,P/Olsen,SH) [Blackwell 2004,978-1-4051-0582-8]].

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21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 2. Aesthetic Attitude
Maybe literary assessment is evaluating the artist as a suitable friend
21. Aesthetics / B. Nature of Art / 2. Art as Form
Formalists says aesthetics concerns types of beauty, or unity, complexity and intensity
21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 7. Art and Morality
Good ethics counts towards aesthetic merit, and bad ethics counts against it
If we don't respond ethically in the way a work prescribes, that is an aesthetic failure
'Moralism' says all aesthetic merits are moral merits
Good art does not necessarily improve people (any more than good advice does)