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6. “We may agree about general standards in the arts but disagree as to whether a particular work has artistic merit. In ethics the situation is reversed: we may disagree about ethical theories but we all know an unethical action when we see one.” Discuss.

  1. What’s the question getting at?
The statement in the title deals with general ideas (standards is best interpreted as ‘established or accepted model’, following the definition found in Chambers, rather than ‘quality’) and specific cases within the arts and ethics. First, it asserts that we can agree on about what constitutes art, and certain rules about what ‘good’ art is, but it is more difficult to reach a consensus on whether individual works of art have value.
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What areas of knowledge & ways of knowing would work well for this PT?
This is the only one of the 6 prescribed titles that specifies bo.............

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