I was intrigued on p. 12 of the Eaton reading by the recap of Socrates’ and Tolstoy’s ideas about morality and aesthetics. Socrates believed that “morality does not thrive in an artistic atmosphere.” And Tolstoy believed that “morality is likely to thrive only in a society in which true art (art in which sincere human emotion is communicated) abounds.”

The question that came to my mind wasn’t whether aesthetic and moral value are distinct, but whether it is possible to evaluate aesthetics outside the scope of morality (this might be what Eaton meant by distinct values…I’m not 100% clear). I have difficulty wrapping my head around an extra-moral philosophy of aesthetics as I consider aesthetics and morality to be two sides of the same coin.

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