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Depicting human form.

Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2020) 'Depicting human form.', Royal Institute of Philosophy supplements., 87 . pp. 151-167.


This paper involves constructive exegesis. I consider the contrast between morality and art as sketched in Philippa Foot's 1972 paper of the same name, ‘Morality and Art’. I then consider how her views might have shifted against the background of the conceptual landscape afforded by Natural Goodness (2001), though the topic of the relation of art and morality is not explicitly explored in that work. The method is to set out some textual fragments from Natural Goodness that can be arranged for a tentative Footian ‘aesthetics’. I bring them into conversation with some ideas from Iris Murdoch to elucidate what I think the import may be, for Foot, of depicting human form.

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Publisher statement:This article has been published in a revised form in Royal Institute of philosophy supplements This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © The Royal Institute of Philosophy and the contributors 2020.
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Date deposited:30 October 2020
Date of first online publication:02 June 2020
Date first made open access:30 October 2020

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