Aesthetics Bites is a podcast series that brings together some of the world’s leading philosophers for interviews about the most fascinating questions at the intersection of art, aesthetics and philosophy. A collaboration between the London Aesthetics Forum and Philosophy Bites, Aesthetics Bites is made possible by a grant from the British Society of Aesthetics.
The relation between art and morality is complex. Eileen John explores some of the ways that art, and literature in particular, can explore questions about how we should live.
What is the best evolutionary explanation of why art of some kind is found in every human culture? Stephen Davies discusses a variety of evolutionary accounts in this episode of the Aesthetics Bites podcast.
Do we feel real emotions over fictional tragedies, such as the death of Anna Karenina in Tolstoy’s novel? In the second episode of Aesthetics Bites, Kathleen Stock discusses this question with Nigel Warburton.
Should an art critic tell us whether a work of art is any good? In the first episode of Aesthetics Bites, Noël Carroll argues that evaluation is a central feature of criticism of art, dance, music, drama, movies and literature.