Nils-Hennes Stear (Southampton): 'Close Relations: On the Qua Problem and the Ethical Question'15th January 2020 - 4:00 pm, Edinburgh
What I call the ‘Ethical Question’ asks whether an artwork’s moral (dis)value ever makes a difference to its aesthetic value. The question, I argue, is ambiguous between an uninteresting, trivial version and an interesting but very hard version. Devastatingly, the literature on the Ethical Question has, I argue, almost exclusively addressed the easy question. In this talk, I’ll explain this ambiguity and then try to see if there is some subset of ways to, as it were, address the trivial question while avoiding triviality. In addition to value theorists, the talk might be of particular interest to those working on such issues as mental causation, metaphysical dependence, explanation, properties, and related issues.