James Harold is a Professor of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College. He works primarily in aesthetics and meta-ethics, and is particularly interested in the intersection of those two fields. He has also written about the role of principles in critical evaluation, philosophical psychopathology, empirical ethics and aesthetics, and ancient Greek and Classical Chinese philosophy. In a universe not terribly distant from this one, however, he’s still working in scene design and carpentry, probably at some small regional theater.
There are other possibilities, of course. One could dispense with ethical criticism of artworks altogether, and make ethical judgments about the actions and character of the artist. However, there are independent reasons why one might not want to do that.[xiv]