Painting in Honour of Philosopher Jack Smart

Painting in Honour of Philosopher Jack Smart
Friday 23 November 2018

ANU Philosophy research fellow Renee Bolinger recently completed a painting in honour of Philosopher Jack Smart and to commemorate twenty years of the Jack Smart lecture series.The painting will be donate to and displayed at the school.

The following is a short description of the work by Renee:

“The piece, titled "Rule Breaker", is part of a series of portraits which borrows stylistic themes from iconic artists to highlight the major themes from the philosopher's work. The portrait of J.J.C. Smart takes stylistic cues from Sydney Nolan's series on Ned Kelly, an Australian outlaw. Smart was in some ways a philosophical maverick, and did not shy away from unpopular (or even implausible) implications of his arguments. Perhaps his most influential work is his criticism of "rule utilitarianism", the view that whether an action is right depends on the consequences of acting that way as a general rule, rather than on the specific consequences of the act itself. Smart called this "superstitious rule worship", arguing that if breaking the rule on occasion would have the best consequences, then morally we should break the rule."

The rest of the series can be seen here:





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