Moral Beauty, Inside and Out

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 99 (2):396-414 (2021)
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Abstract

In this article, robust evidence is provided showing that an individual’s moral character can contribute to the aesthetic quality of their appearance, as well as being beautiful or ugly itself. It is argued that this evidence supports two main conclusions. First, moral beauty and ugliness reside on the inside, and beauty and ugliness are not perception-dependent as a result; and, second, aesthetic perception is affected by moral information, and thus moral beauty and ugliness are on the outside as well.

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Ryan P. Doran
Universitat de Barcelona

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