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The Ethics of Art

6. Art and Truth

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In this module, we consider another approach to the question of whether there is any link between aesthetic and moral value—the importance of art being truthful.


In this course, Dr Sacha Golob (King’s College, London) explores the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. Must a work of art be morally good in order to qualify as ‘great’? Can morally bad works of art ever be considered great? What does it mean to say that an artwork is ‘good’ or ‘bad’? Does art have anything to do with morality? Or everything to do with it? As we move through the course, we consider several works of art that may be considered morally questionable—Leni Riefenstahl’s ‘Triumph of the Will’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ and ‘Merchant of Venice’—as well as thinking about the views of key thinkers in this area.


Sacha Golob read Philosophy as an undergraduate at Pembroke College, Cambridge before completing the BPhil in Philosophy at Merton College, Oxford. He returned to Cambridge to do his PhD on the relationship between Kant and Phenomenology.

From 2009 to 2012 he was an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Junior Research Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge.

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Golob, S. (2018, August 15). The Ethics of Art - Art and Truth [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Golob, S. "The Ethics of Art – Art and Truth." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,