Journal Article

The Triumph in <i>Triumph of the Will</i>

George Dickie

in The British Journal of Aesthetics

Published on behalf of British Society of Aesthetics

Volume 45, issue 2, pages 151-156
Published in print April 2005 | ISSN: 0007-0904
Published online April 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-2842 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayi017
The Triumph in Triumph of the Will

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The question at issue is whether moral defects of artworks can be aesthetic defects. Noël Carroll claims they can be, Berys Gaut claims they are, and James Anderson and Jeffrey Dean claim they are not. I side with Anderson and Dean and produce additional arguments against Carroll and Gaut. Triumph of the Will serves as an example that all five of us agree is a morally flawed artwork. I argue and conclude that its horrible moral defects are not aesthetic ones. Its triumph is the sum total of its aesthetic merits.

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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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