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style is, ultimately, the historic Western confusion about the relation between art
and morality, the aesthetic and the ethical. For the problem of art versus morality
is a pseudo-problem. The distinction itself is a trap; its continued plausibility rests
Indeed, only then can the full distinction between the aesthetic and the ethical be
made. But if we understand morality in the singular, as a generic decision on the
part of consciousness, then it appears that our response to art is “moral” insofar ...
And the world is, ultimately, an aesthetic phenomenon. That is to say, the world (
all there is) cannot, ultimately, be justified. Justification is an operation of the mind
which can be performed only when we consider one part of the world in relation ...
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review