The conference aims to bring together recent work on belief and its connection to truth, with issues concerning belief that arise in aesthetics. The question of whether we can arrive at truth, and indeed gain knowledge, from engaging with artworks has received much attention in aesthetics. However, much less has been said about the nature of the beliefs formed as a result of engaging with art.
Suitable topics/questions might include but are not limited to:
Are beliefs formed on the basis of engaging with artworks aimed at truth or governed by a norm of truth?
Are some value-laden beliefs about artworks influenced by motivational factors?
Do beliefs formed on the basis of engaging with artworks exhibit transparency to truth? Are they sensitive to evidence in the same way or to the same degree as garden-variety beliefs?
Given that pictures need not represent the world accurately, how reliable is a belief that is formed on the basis of pictorial experience?
Why are we less able to form beliefs, or change our beliefs, on the basis of aesthetic testimony? Does aesthetic testimony count as evidence but has less weight than testimony in the ordinary case? Or does aesthetic testimony not count for evidence for aesthetic beliefs at all?
Submissions should be 2500-3000 words in length, starting with an abstract of 200-300 words. Submissions should be prepared for blind review, be in Word format, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 19th July. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, and title of your paper in the body of the email.
Any queries should be sent to the conference organisers, Helen Bradley and Ema Sullivan-Bissett, at email@example.com. Further information will soon be available on the conference website: https://artbelief.wordpress.com/