The Ethical Criticism of Art

Philosophy Taster Lecture

Speaker: Mark Windsor, Lecturer and Course Leader in Philosophy
Date: Wednesday 17 February 2021, 4:30-5:30pm.

The study of Philosophy at NCH brings clarity and rigour to students’ thinking, and advances their understanding of, and ability to engage with, central questions, arguments and theories concerning the world and our place within it.

Oscar Wilde famously declared there is ‘no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all’. Is it ever appropriate to evaluate works of art from a moral perspective? Can a work of art be more or less good as a work of art for being moral or immoral?

This Philosophy taster lecture, ‘The Ethical Criticism of Art’, introduces a current debate in aesthetics concerning the relationship between ethical and aesthetic values in art. It will contrast the views of autonomists, who claim these values are independent, with moralists, who claim that they can interact.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at NCH, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.



Here’s what previous participants have said about our Philosophy Taster Lectures:

“The topic was really interesting, and the lecturer explained it in detail, but still with a lot of clarity for someone without previous knowledge of the subject. Questions were also answered well and the information about the university itself was very informative.”

“Very interactive, enjoyable topics, friendly and attentive staff.”

“It was the perfect mix of learning about NCH, whilst getting a taste of what and how we would learn in Philosophy. It was a really interesting discussion, and my answers regarding the university and the topic we were discussing were well answered.”

“It was highly interesting and interactive; I actually learned so much! I didn’t expect to be as interested as I was, but I was genuinely disappointed when it was over.”

“It gave me a really good feel of what the course would be like, and also raised questions for me to ponder in my own time.”

“It was interactive, topical and informative. The team’s answers on the Q&A were equally as impressive and useful.”

“It felt like a real university lecture!”