Creative Integrity and the Fine Art of Teaching Ethics: A Theoretical Overview

By Elizabeth Cranley.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In this paper I will explore the philosophical relationships between ethics and aesthetics in order to develop an alternative theoretical framework for teaching ethics to students in the creative industries. I will be mapping the traditional ethical theories of deontology, consequentialism and virtue ethics onto the aesthetic theories of formalism, functionalism and taste in the process of constructing what I shall call, ‘aesthetico-ethical’ theory. I will use this aesthetico-ethical theory to ground a new theory of ‘creative integrity’. This notion of creative integrity will integrate the three theoretical perspectives being mapped and can be understood in terms of autonomy, agency and authenticity. It offers a new pedagogical approach to the question of ethical responsibility in creative industries such as advertising.

Keywords: Aesthetics, Ethics, Teaching and Learning

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.21-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 501.029KB).

Elizabeth Cranley

PhD student, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Elizabeth Cranley is a PhD student in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Since leaving the University of Queensland’s Philosophy Department in 1999 she has been teaching into the field of applied ethics. Subject she has taught include business ethics, advertising, marketing and public relations ethics, ethics in health care and ethics for non-profit organizations.


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