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7.-8. October 2022. Aesthetic Testimony. University of Konstanz. 

Both in science and every day life testimonial knowledge is natural and widespread. However, there are certain domains in which testimony is usually not considered a possible source of knowledge. For example, many philosophers agree that our beliefs about aesthetic matters are only justified if they are based on our own first-personal experiences with the object in question. The conference is centered around the following questions: What speaks in favor and what against aesthetic testimony?  Why is it harder to acquire testimonial knowledge in the aesthetic domain than in other areas? Are there further areas for which testimonial knowledge is hard to acquire and if so, why? The conference will consider these issues from both a systematic and a historical perspective. The questions are interesting because various answers to them have far reaching consequences for core topics in aesthetics. Thus, considering testimony in aesthetics is conducive to a better understanding of the semantics of aesthetic statements, the epistemology of aesthetic beliefs, the metaphysics of aesthetic properties as well as the relation of aesthetics to other disciplines. 


Rebecca Wallbank (Uppsala Universitet)

Achim Vesper (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann (Uppsala Universitet) [cancelled]

Jon Robson (University of Nottingham)​

Julia Peters (Universität Tübingen) [cancelled]

Robert Hopkins (New York University)​

Keren Gorodeisky (Auburn University)

Felix Bräuer (Universität Mannheim)

Jochen Briesen (Universität Konstanz)


Information: here

Supported by: German Research Foundation (DFG), Centre for Cultural Inquiry (ZKF)-University of Konstanz.

Contact: jochen[dot]briesen[at]uni-konstanz[dot]de










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