Aristotle And Aristotle: The Relationship Between Art And Morality

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Art and morality are intrinsically related and go hand in hand in shaping and influencing our society and their complexity has been argued and discussed upon since their origin.
In his Republic , Plato saw the function of the actor as bogus, presenting a dangerous illusion of reality, and masking the truth of existence by the pretense of acting. Aristotle, in The Poetics, saw the role of the actor somewhat differently, suggesting that by witnessing pity and fear (in his view the essence of tragedy) on stage, an audience could experience a catharsis of the emotions associated with real tragic events, without having to experience them as first-hand participants. Since then, the 'stand-off ' between those who have seen art as having a direct impact on morality, and those who have asserted its independence, has persisted. [1]
Art broadens our horizon, gives birth to revolutionary ideas and innovations. It is a form of communication, both spiritual and physical so whatever is created is a direct projection of an artist’s ethical beliefs and views.
Whereas the basic components of morality lie upon the notion of good versus evil and and which path a morally sound individual would choose in troubling times.
Arts can inspire the ethical life of a community, but a certain school of thought believes that art is an entirely separate entity, isolated from morality. Every theory of the connection between arts and morality leads to vastly different views of the ways art is experienced

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