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Is there a relation between the aesthetic and the ethical? Philosophers have long been intrigued by a sense of connection between them. John Dewey and Iris Murdoch agree that teaching art is teaching morals. If that's true, it's powerful. If the correspondence between aesthetic and ethical is metaphorical, remember that metaphor is real—and may have a basis in neurology. I discuss aesthetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, and theory of mind, and find that art and morality share a density, as in Nelson Goodman's symptoms of the aesthetic, offering a key to better understanding essential qualities of humanity.