A question asked by RevSimmy in the comments: “the equation of the aesthetic and the moral – i.e. beautiful art/music has a moral effect. Do we agree? Why (/not)?”
Of course, this is a complicated proposal. I happen to think that the Weeping Woman of Picasso is also tremendously beneficial to character – but I’m not sure I would count it as beautiful, even though I could (and have) spent ages contemplating it.
I feel on stronger ground when thinking about architecture – I think the living environment affects how we live, both directly and indirectly.
And of course music….
What do people think?
Scruton’s programme is available on Youtube, part 1 here: