Integral aesthetics. Project: Introduction to a Timeless Controversy Over Contemporary Art

Keywords: aesthetics, integrity, moral evaluation, interculturalism


In the article, I propose a conception of aesthetics that undermines the dogmatic idea of a pure discipline exempt from moral evaluation. This project is motivated by cross-cultural research. The second part overviews the articles published in this issue which are organized along their interculturalism.


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