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Art and Effective Altruism: Case Studies in Sustainable Practice

Abstract Effective Altruism (EA), a moral philosophy concerned with accomplishing the greatest possible good in one’s lifetime, sees little utilitarian and/or humanitarian value in the arts. EA suggests that amidst so much global strife, the time, energy, and finances expended to create fleeting art would be put to better, more practical use in the fight against poverty. However, EA has yet to sufficiently account for sustainable art practice — an art form deeply rooted in utilitarianism and humanitarianism — and the possibility of its accompanying aesthetics as a constituent of utilitarian/humanitarian theories. The first chapter of this thesis illustrates an intersection of EA, sustainability, and aesthetics, detailing ways in which sustainable ar... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Nemelka, Kevin Wendell (Author) / Hoy, Meredith (Advisor) / Mesch, Claudia (Committee member) / Sweeney, Gray (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Art criticism / Sustainability / Ethics / art ethics / contemporary art / effective altruism / energy-plus art / sustainability / sustainable art
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 123 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Art History 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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