The Amherst Lecture In Philosophy.

Lecture 11, 2016

“Aesthetic Responsibility”
Susan Wolf
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Philosophers often suggest that the fact that we are morally responsible is an important mark of our distinctive humanity. But focusing exclusively on the attitudes and judgments we form toward people on the basis of their moral qualities leads to overly narrow conceptions both of responsibility and of humanity. As a corrective, this essay considers the attitudes and judgments we make of artists on the basis of their artworks, suggesting that there is such a thing as aesthetic responsibility that is both similar to and different from moral responsibility.

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Wolf, Susan “Aesthetic Responsibility.” The Amherst Lecture in Philosophy 11 (2016): 1–25. <>.