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  1. The vice of snobbery: Aesthetic knowledge, justification and virtue in art appreciation.Matthew Kieran - 2010 - Philosophical Quarterly 60 (239):243-263.
    Apparently snobbery undermines justification for and legitimacy of aesthetic claims. It is also pervasive in the aesthetic realm, much more so than we tend to presume. If these two claims are combined, a fundamental problem arises: we do not know whether or not we are justified in believing or making aesthetic claims. Addressing this new challenge requires an epistemological story which underpins when, where and why snobbish judgement is problematic, and how appreciative claims can survive. This leads towards a virtue-theoretic (...)
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  2. Mere Exposure to Bad Art.Aaron Meskin, Mark Phelan, Margaret Moore & Matthew Kieran - 2009 - British Journal of Aesthetics 53 (2):139-164.
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    Creativity and Philosophy.Berys Nigel Gaut & Matthew Kieran (eds.) - 2018 - New York: Routledge.
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  4. Art, imagination, and the cultivation of morals.Matthew Kieran - 1996 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 54 (4):337-351.
  5. Why ideal critics are not ideal: Aesthetic character, motivation and value.Matthew Kieran - 2008 - British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (3):278-294.
    On a contemporary Humean-influenced view, the responses of suitably idealized appreciators are presented as tracking, or even determining, facts about artistic value. Focusing on the intra-personal case, this paper argues that (i) facts about the refinement and reconfiguration of aesthetic character together with (ii) the manner in which autobiography and character are implicated in artistic appreciation make it de facto unlikely that we can reliably come to know how our ideal counterpart would respond to a given artwork. Attribution of superhuman (...)
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  6. Forbidden Knowledge: The Challenge of Immoralism.Matthew Kieran - 2003 - In Jose Luis Bermudez & Sebastian Gardner (eds.), Art and Morality. Routledge.
     
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    Revealing Art.Matthew Kieran - 2004 - New York: Routledge.
    Why does art matter to us, and what makes it good? Why is the role of imagination so important in art? Illustrated with carefully chosen colour and black-and-white plates of examples from Michaelangelo to Matisse and Poussin to Pollock, _Revealing Art_ takes us on a compelling and provocative journey. Kieran explores some of the most important questions we can ask ourselves about art: how can art inspire us or disgust us? Is artistic judgement simply a matter of taste? Can art (...)
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  8. Imagination, Philosophy and the Arts.Matthew Kieran & Dominic Lopes (eds.) - 2003 - New York: Routledge.
    _Imagination, Philosophy and the Arts_ is the first comprehensive collection of papers by philosophers examining the nature of imagination and its role in understanding and making art. Imagination is a central concept in aesthetics with close ties to issues in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, yet it has not received the kind of sustained, critical attention it deserves. This collection of seventeen brand new essays critically examines just how and in what form the notion of imagination (...)
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  9. Art, morality and ethics: On the (im)moral character of art works and inter-relations to artistic value.Matthew Kieran - 2006 - Philosophy Compass 1 (2):129–143.
    The (im)moral character of art works often affects how we respond to them. But should it affect our evaluation of them as art? The article surveys the contemporary debate whilst outlining further lines of argument and enquiry. The main arguments in favour of aestheticism, the claim that there is no internal relation between artistic value and moral character, are considered. Nonetheless the connection between art's instructional aspirations and artistic value, as well as the ways in which works solicit responses from (...)
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  10. Revealing Art.Matthew Kieran - 2006 - Philosophical Quarterly 56 (224):471-473.
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  11. Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts.Matthew Kieran & Dominic Mciver Lopes - 2005 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 63 (1):86-89.
     
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    Creativity as a Virtue of Character.Matthew Kieran - 2014 - In Elliot Samuel Paul & Scott Barry Kaufman (eds.), The Philosophy of Creativity. New York: Oxford University Press.
    Examining the complex role that motivation plays in creativity foregrounds the role of intrinsic motivation in paradigmatic cases of creative achievement. This is significant given the neglect of the role of motivation in the philosophical literature. Furthermore, given the way in which intrinsic motivation typically grounds and enables the cultivation of creativity for creatures like us, it pays to think of creativity in virtue-theoretic terms. As suggested by both empirical and conceptual considerations, intrinsic motivation insulates agents from pressures against or (...)
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  13. Interpretation and Construction: Art, Speech and the Law.Robert Stecker, Matthew Kieran, Berys Gaut & Paisley Livingston - 2005 - Philosophical Quarterly 55 (218):150-155.
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    Why Ideal Critics are Not Ideal: Aesthetic Character, Motivation and Value: Articles.Matthew Kieran - 2008 - British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (3):278-294.
    On a contemporary Humean-influenced view, the responses of suitably idealized appreciators are presented as tracking, or even determining, facts about artistic value. Focusing on the intra-personal case, this paper argues that facts about the refinement and reconfiguration of aesthetic character together with the manner in which autobiography and character are implicated in artistic appreciation make it de facto unlikely that we can reliably come to know how our ideal counterpart would respond to a given artwork. Attribution of superhuman abilities to (...)
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    Creativity and Philosophy.Berys Nigel Gaut & Matthew Kieran (eds.) - 2018 - New York: Routledge.
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  16. Revealing Art.Matthew Kieran - 2006 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 64 (2):285-287.
     
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  17. For the Love of Art: Artistic Values and Appreciative Virtue.Matthew Kieran - 2012 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 71:13-31.
    It is argued that instrumentalizing the value of art does an injustice to artistic appreciation and provides a hostage to fortune. Whilst aestheticism offers an intellectual bulwark against such an approach, it focuses on what is distinctive of art at the expense of broader artistic values. It is argued that artistic appreciation and creativity involve not just skills but excellences of character. The nature of particular artistic or appreciative virtues and vices are briefly explored, such as snobbery, aestheticism and creativity, (...)
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    Knowledge: Aesthetic Psychology and Appreciative Virtues.Matthew Kieran - 2011 - In Elisabeth Schellekens & Peter Goldie (eds.), The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology. Oxford University Press. pp. 32.
  19. Art and Morality.Matthew Kieran - 2003 - In Jerrold Levinson (ed.), The Oxford handbook of aesthetics. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 451--470.
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  20. Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art.Matthew Kieran (ed.) - 2005 - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art_ features pairs of newly commissioned essays by some of the leading theorists working in the field today. Brings together fresh debates on eleven of the most controversial issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of art Topics addressed include the nature of beauty, aesthetic experience, artistic value, and the nature of our emotional responses to art. Each question is treated by a pair of opposing essays written by eminent scholars, and especially commissioned (...)
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    Creativity, Virtue and the Challenges from Natural Talent, Ill-Being and Immorality.Matthew Kieran - 2014 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 75:203-230.
    We praise and admire creative people in virtually every domain from the worlds of art, fashion and design to the fields of engineering and scientific endeavour. Picasso was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Einstein was a creative scientist and Jonathan Ive is admired the world over as a great designer. We also sometimes blame, condemn or withhold praise from those who fail creatively; hence we might say that someone's work or ideas tend to be rather (...)
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  22. Pornographic art.Matthew Kieran - 2001 - Philosophy and Literature 25 (1):31-45.
    The received view holds that pornographic representations can only be bad art. Three arguments for this view are examined based on definitional considerations, the purpose of sexual arousal being inimical to the realization of artistic value, the problem of appreciating a work as pornography and as art. It is argued not only that the received view is without warranty but, moreover, that there are works which are only properly appreciable as pornographic art.
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  23. Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art.Matthew Kieran (ed.) - 2006 - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art _features pairs of newly commissioned essays by some of the leading theorists working in the field today. Brings together fresh debates on eleven of the most controversial issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of art Topics addressed include the nature of beauty, aesthetic experience, artistic value, and the nature of our emotional responses to art. Each question is treated by a pair of opposing essays written by eminent scholars, and especially commissioned (...)
     
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  24. Media Ethics: A Philosophical Approach.Matthew Kieran - 1999 - Philosophical Quarterly 49 (197):558-560.
     
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  25. In search of a narrative.Matthew Kieran - 2003 - In Matthew Kieran & Dominic Lopes (eds.), Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts. Routledge. pp. 69--87.
     
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  26. Value of art.Matthew Kieran - 2000 - In Berys Nigel Gaut & Dominic Lopes (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics. Routledge.
     
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  27. Aesthetic Value: Beauty, Ugliness and Incoherence.Matthew Kieran - 1997 - Philosophy 72 (281):383 - 399.
    [FIRST PARAGRAPHS] From Plato through Aquinas to Kant and beyond beauty has traditionally been considered the paradigmatic aesthetic quality. Thus, quite naturally following Socrates' strategy in The Meno, we are tempted to generalize from our analysis of the nature and value of beauty, a particular aesthetic value, to an account of aesthetic value generally. When we look at that which is beautiful, the object gives rise to a certain kind of pleasure within us. Thus aesthetic value is characterized in terms (...)
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  28. Emotions, Art, and Immorality.Matthew Kieran - 2009 - In Peter Goldie (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion. Oxford University Press.
     
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    In Defence Of Critical Pluralism.Matthew Kieran - 1996 - British Journal of Aesthetics 36 (3):239-251.
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    On Obscenity: The Thrill and Repulsion of the Morally Prohibited.Matthew Kieran - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (1):31-55.
    The paper proceeds by criticising the central accounts of obscenity proffered by Feinberg, Scruton and the suggestive remarks of Nussbaum and goes on to argue for the following formal characterization of obscenity: x is appropriately judged obscene if and only if either (A) x is appropriately classified as a member of a form or class of objects whose authorized purpose is to solicit and commend to us cognitive‐affective responses which are (1) internalized as morally prohibited and (2) does so in (...)
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  31. On obscenity: The thrill and repulsion of the morally prohibited.Matthew Kieran - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (1):31-55.
    The paper proceeds by criticising the central accounts of obscenity proffered by Feinberg, Scruton and the suggestive remarks of Nussbaum and goes on to argue for the following formal characterization of obscenity: x is appropriately judged obscene if and only if either x is appropriately classified as a member of a form or class of objects whose authorized purpose is to solicit and commend to us cognitive-affective responses which are internalized as morally prohibited and does so in ways found to (...)
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  32. For the love of art : artistic values and appreciative virtue.Matthew Kieran - 2013 - In Anthony O'Hear (ed.), Philosophy and the Arts. New York: Cambridge University Press.
     
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    Ethical Issues in Journalism and the Media.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - Philosophical Quarterly 45 (180):408-410.
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  34. The impoverishment of art.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - British Journal of Aesthetics 35 (1):15-25.
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    Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind.Greg Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin & Jon Robson (eds.) - 2014 - New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    How far should philosophical accounts of the value and interpretation of art be sensitive to the scientific approaches used by psychologists, sociologists, and evolutionary thinkers? A team of experts urge different answers to this question, and explore how empirical inquiry can shed light on problems traditionally regarded as philosophical.
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    Aesthetic Value: Beauty, Ugliness and Incoherence.Matthew Kieran - 1997 - Philosophy 72 (281):383-399.
    From Plato through Aquinas to Kant and beyond beauty has traditionally been considered the paradigmatic aesthetic quality. Thus, quite naturally following Socrates' strategy in The Meno, we are tempted to generalize from our analysis of the nature and value of beauty, a particular aesthetic value, to an account of aesthetic value generally. When we look at that which is beautiful, the object gives rise to a certain kind of pleasure within us. Thus aesthetic value is characterized in terms of that (...)
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    Applied Philosophy and Business Ethics.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):175-187.
    Given the socio‐economic incentives for academic relevance, the sceptic may well challenge the academic integrity of the evolving discipline of business ethics. For, the question is, how could such an emerging field of enquiry constitute applied philosophy? I critically examine certain arguments, principally advanced by Michael Oakeshott and Stephen Clark, which might be thought to underwrite such scepticism, via a wholesale suspicion of applied ethics. Yet, I argue, philosophy can be and is properly concerned with our practical experience and actions. (...)
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  38. Knowing Art: Essays in Aesthetics and Epistemology.Matthew Kieran & Dominic McIver Lopes (eds.) - 2006
     
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  39. Knowing Art: Essays in Epistemology and Aesthetics.Dominic Lopes & Matthew Kieran (eds.) - 2004 - Springer.
     
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  40. Teaching & learning guide for: Art, morality and ethics: On the moral character of art works and inter-relations to artistic value.Matthew Kieran - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (5):426-431.
    This guide accompanies the following article: Matthew Kieran, ‘Art, Morality and Ethics: On the (Im)moral Character of Art Works and Inter‐Relations to Artistic Value’. Philosophy Compass 1/2 (2006): pp. 129–143, doi: 10.1111/j.1747‐9991.2006.00019.x Author’s Introduction Up until fairly recently it was philosophical orthodoxy – at least within analytic aesthetics broadly construed – to hold that the appreciation and evaluation of works as art and moral considerations pertaining to them are conceptually distinct. However, following on from the idea that artistic value is (...)
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  41. Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art: Volume 75.Gregory Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin & Margaret Moore (eds.) - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    Musical listening, looking at paintings and literary creation are activities that involve perceptual and cognitive activity and so are of interest to psychologists and other scientists of the mind. What sorts of interest should philosophers of the arts take in scientific approaches to such issues? Opinion currently ranges across a spectrum, with 'take no notice' at one end and 'abandon traditional philosophical methods' at the other. This collection of essays, originating in a Royal Institute of Philosophy conference at the Leeds (...)
     
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    Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art.Gregory Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin & Margaret Moore (eds.) - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    Musical listening, looking at paintings and literary creation are activities that involve perceptual and cognitive activity and so are of interest to psychologists and other scientists of the mind. What sorts of interest should philosophers of the arts take in scientific approaches to such issues? Opinion currently ranges across a spectrum, with 'take no notice' at one end and 'abandon traditional philosophical methods' at the other. This collection of essays, originating in a Royal Institute of Philosophy conference at the Leeds (...)
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  43. Routledge Handbook on Creativity and Philosophy.Berys Gaut & Matthew Kieran (eds.) - 2018 - Routledge.
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    Landscape, Natural Beauty and the Arts.Matthew Kieran - 1996 - Philosophical Quarterly 46 (183):269-271.
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    Against Art Theory.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - Cogito 9 (1):41-48.
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    Against Art Theory.Matthew Kieran - 1995 - Cogito 9 (1):41-48.
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  47. Artistic character, creativity, and the appraisal of conceptual art.Matthew Kieran - 2007 - In Peter Goldie & Elisabeth Schellekens (eds.), Philosophy and conceptual art. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 197.
     
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  48. Artistic character, creativity, and the appreciation of conceptual art.Matthew Kieran - 2007 - In Peter Goldie & Elisabeth Schellekens (eds.), Philosophy and conceptual art. New York: Oxford University Press.
     
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    A Theory of Art.Matthew Kieran - 2002 - Mind 111 (441):81-84.
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    Creative characters.Matthew Kieran - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 58:13-15.
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