Abstract

Abstract:

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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 155-172
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-01
Open Access
No
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