Fakery and aesthetics

Scientia Salon

girl-with-hair-ribbon by Steve Snyder

In the various arts, just as in intellectual endeavors, there are two types of what we might commonly call fakery. The first is forgery, plagiarism and similar. It’s obviously a matter of law, not philosophy. The second, which is the concern here, might be called “inauthenticity” — it in some way involves passing off a lesser work as a greater one.

Fakery of this sort is harder to determine, of course. A painting, a sculpture, a symphony, a novel or a skyscraper don’t involve scientific fact in the same way as works in the natural sciences, other than obvious matters such as the refractive properties of different pigments, the timbre of different instruments or the tensile properties of different architectural construction materials. There’s no materials analysis, like there is in the case of a modern work that’s being passed off as ancient. Even more, unlike intellectual works…

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2 thoughts on “Fakery and aesthetics

  1. Thanks for the appreciation. I will be doing a follow-up on nurture and development of the artistic temperament, funding for that, etc., in a few weeks.


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