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Moral and aesthetic judgments reconsidered

Came, Daniel


Daniel Came


Traditionally in philosophy, ethics and aesthetics are bracketed together under the heading of "value judgment." This classification tends to obscure important differences between the domains of ethical and aesthetic judgment as we normally practice them. It is worth trying to gauge the differences between the two domains as they are manifested in our ordinary thought, to situate our normal practices of moral and aesthetic judgment in relation to each other, and to compare the two modes of evaluation in order to see where they diverge, overlap, and correspond. Despite philosophers who would view them as radically dissimilar systems of thought and feeling, the two realms should be marked off not by their mutually exclusive subject matters, since they have overlapping subject matters, or in terms of the kinds of properties, which are indicative rather than constitutive of the real difference, but in terms of the specific nature of the two kinds of judgment.


Came, D. (2012). Moral and aesthetic judgments reconsidered. Journal of Value Inquiry, 46(2), (159-171). doi:10.1007/s10790-012-9333-1. ISSN 0022-5363

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2012
Publication Date Jun 1, 2012
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Journal of Value Inquiry
Print ISSN 0022-5363
Electronic ISSN 1573-0492
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 2
Pages 159-171
Keywords Philosophy; Social Sciences (miscellaneous); Law
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