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Original scientific paper

Aesthetic Value of Immoral Fictions

Elisa Paganini orcid id ; University of Milano, Milano, Italy

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Can one have an aesthetically valuable experience of fiction that takes an immoral perspective? Some have argued that one can. However, some important objections have been raised against this idea. Two objections are: that the immorality involved is confined to fictional reality, and that the aesthetic value of immoral fiction is dictated by a pluralistic attitude that not everyone accepts. My aim is to respond to these challenges and to argue, on the basis of two examples, that even an unlimited immoral perspective can enhance a widespread aesthetic value.


Aesthetic value; immoral fiction; moral concepts; human values; fictional/actual ethical defects.

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