British Society of Aesthetics Connections: Aesthetics and Political Epistemology (Ticket incl lunch)
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In recent analytic philosophy, there has been a shift of interest towards political culture. Topics like ideology, propaganda, persuasion and epistemic injustice are now central themes within Anglophone epistemology and political philosophy. These approaches, gathered around the field of “political epistemology”, now acknowledge that contingent cultural influences play a key role in political reasoning, knowledge formation and emancipation.
We propose that the philosophical study of such phenomena can be productively approached through a conversation with work in aesthetics and philosophy of art.
For instance, feminist and anti-racist aestheticians have long pointed out how oppressive stereotypes inhere in dominant cultural categories. Other philosophers of art have reflected on the distinction between cognitively valuable art and propaganda. Aesthetical analyses of political art, metaphor, cultural appropriation, unethical art also bear similarities to the epistemologists’ concern with how ideas spread within a political space.
Bringing together aestheticians, epistemologists and political philosophers, some questions this conference will pose include:
• What role can art play in political discourse?
• Is there a cognitive distinction between (mere) propaganda and (valuable) political art?
• Are flawed ideologies best repaired by cultural expression?