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Coffee lectures: Morality at the Gallery

How do our moral concerns affect our experience of art?

Damien Freeman, who teaches ethics and aesthetics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, presents a four-part course that explores the different ways in which our concerns about morality affect our experience of works at the Gallery.

The course discusses the nature of morality and implications for art and considers the way in which our judgements about art’s moral value might affect our judgements about its aesthetic value. Does a work of art that has immoral content also lack aesthetic value? Is art ever a source of moral knowledge? Can the experience of a work of art make us better people and if so, how? Should the state restrict access to immoral art through censorship? Arguments will be illustrated with examples of works in the Gallery’s collection.

Start with coffee in the Domain Theatre foyer at 10am, followed by the talk at 10.30am in the Domain Theatre.

Thursday 21 March & 11, 18, 25 April 2013, 10am

Single session: $30 non-member, $25 member
Full series: $100 non-member, $80 member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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To book full series, use link above. For single sessions, use links below.

Cancellations: Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre

Introduction to morality and its claim on art


Thursday 21 March 2013 10am – 11:30am

Moral value and aesthetic value


Thursday 11 April 2013 10am – 11:30am

Art, moral knowledge and human flourishing


Thursday 18 April 2013 10am – 11:30am

Immoral art and censorship by the state


Thursday 25 April 2013 10am – 11:30am