Conference – Deception and Authenticity in Art
Date, Venue and Attendance
In this conference, we will bring together leading philosophers of art with leading scholars on deception within ethics and the philosophy of language with a view to the mutual enrichment of each discipline. Some examples of questions we will be exploring: Can a work of fiction lie to rather than mislead its audience? Are there any morally significant differences between making art objects with deceptive intentions and lying? Is deceiving morally preferable to lying? Why do we tend to revise our aesthetic judgements about art objects when we discover that they are forgeries? Is this practice legitimate? How should we account for authenticity in ontological terms?
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Monday, April 9
- 09.40–10.45 Sherri Irvin: "Authenticity, Misunderstanding and Institutional Responsibility in Contemporary Art"
- 11.00–12.05 Brandon Cooke: "When Art Can't Lie"
- 13.15–14.20 Sarah Jansen: "Mechanisms of Deception: A Case for Plato's Theory of Audience Corruption"
- 15.55–17.00 James Mahon: "Lies in Memoirs"
Tuesday, April 10
- 15.45–16.50: David Davies: "Artistic Crimes and Misdemeanours"
- Brandon Cooke, Minnesota State University
- David Davies, McGill University
- Julian Dodd, University of Manchester
- Maria Forsberg, Uppsala University/
- Robert Hopkins, NYU
- Sherri Irvin, University of Oklahoma
- Sarah Jansen, Carleton College
- James Mahon, CUNY, Lehman College
- Jessica Pepp, Uppsala University
- Emanuel Viebahn, Cambridge University/Humboldt-University