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I love the smell of napalm in the morning: aesthetics against society

Pinney, C; (2017) I love the smell of napalm in the morning: aesthetics against society. World Art , 7 (2) pp. 207-226. 10.1080/21500894.2017.1337649. Green open access

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Abstract

The relationship of aesthetics to ethics is explored through a discussion of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japanese military woodblock prints and recent Daesh (ISIL) media productions. Ruth Benedict’s The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is praised for its anthropological ‘nearness’ to a ‘dangerous’ local aesthetics and ethics, a ‘proximity’ that philosophers of aesthetics seem reluctant to entertain. Thierry de Duve’s engagement with Kant’s sensus communis (which creates the ‘oughtness’ of art) is invoked to help explain why politics is always inextricably aestheticized and aesthetics always intrinsically political.

Type: Article
Title: I love the smell of napalm in the morning: aesthetics against society
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2017.1337649
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/21500894.2017.1337649
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112500
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