My first TV interview!(??!!)
So, the local cable news channel interviewed me today about the idea that listening to violent music can cause someone to murder cops:
The short version is: The idea that “the gangsta rap made me do it” rests on Plato’s idea that art is an ethos (a habit) that encourages/trains one to perform certain behaviors. What Plato (and the “ethical regime of arts” broadly) lacks is: (1) the idea of fiction; and (2) the idea of free will. These two ideas help explain why it is that kids can watch, say, Toy Story, and not go away with the idea that their toys are alive.