Dominic McIver Lopes

in Sight and Sensibility

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277346
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602641 | DOI:

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Scepticism about the power of pictures to convey moral messages and to improve the quality of moral reflection is unfounded, as is scepticism about links between moral and aesthetic evaluation. Pictures can afford moral insights, especially as vehicles for seeing- in. However, this amplifies—it does not diminish—the force of critiques of some pictures, including the feminist critique of the male gaze.

Keywords: Dante; depiction; feminism; male gaze; moral evaluation; moral value; pictures

Chapter.  9261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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