In Art, Emotion and Ethics, Berys Gaut presents a lucid and elegant investigation of the relationship between the ethical and the aesthetic evaluation of works of art. The 10 chapters that compose the book lay out a strong case for the truth of ethicism, a theory that — having been presented by Gaut in previous publications — has been one of the theories on which the lively debate on the possible relationships between art and morality has concentrated. The specific philosophical issue at stake here — what Gaut also refers to as ‘the intrinsic issue’ — is what we can call the ethical criticism question: whether the ethical evaluation of artworks can be claimed to bear on their evaluation as art. The book also offers a remarkably unified synthesis of a good portion of Gaut’s contributions to aesthetics. The author’s positions on the definition...

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