Deception and Authenticity in Art: Morality, Language and Aesthetics

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Date(s): 09. April – 10. April
All Day

Gustavianum, Uppsala University


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?


Speakers include:

Brandon Cooke (Minnesota State University)

David Davies (McGill)

Julian Dodd (Manchester)

Maria Forsberg (Uppsala)

Robert Hopkins (NYU)

Sherri Irvin (Oklahoma)

Sarah Jansen (Carleton College)

James Mahon (CUNY)

Jessica Pepp (Uppsala)

Emanuel Viebahn (Cambridge and Humboldt)


There is no fee to attend the conference but please email in advance ( if you plan to attend.


The conference is hosted by the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University.