Art, Imagination and Morality

June 20, 2024 - June 21, 2024
Trinity College, Oxford

Trinity College
Oxford OX1 3BH
United Kingdom

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  • Aristotelian Society
  • British Society of Aesthetics
  • Society for Applied Philosophy
  • The Mind Association


Oxford University
University of Sheffield


Cambridge University
University of Oxford

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This conference aims to bring into dialogue graduate and early-career researchers working in Aesthetics, Ethics and Philosophy of Mind to discuss the various philosophical issues that occur at the intersections of Art, Imagination and Morality.

The conference will feature two keynote speakers, Dr. James Grant (Oxford University) and Dr. Ella Whiteley (Sheffield University), in addition to eight accepted papers from a mixture of graduate students and early-career researchers which will receive comments from faculty.

To register to attend, please contact Alex Fisher by 24th May at atbf2[at] There is no registration fee, and lunch will be provided. (Do please let me know if you plan to only come for one day of the conference.)

Thursday 20th June

‘Political Iconoclasm: (when) should political protestors attack artworks?’
Alice Hilder Jarvis (Cambridge)
Respondent: Thomas Sinclair (Oxford)

10.45-11.15 BREAK

‘The Cognitive Value of Discrepant Affective Responses to Artworks’
Emily Kay Williamson (Central European University)
Respondent: Stephen Mulhall (Oxford)

12.30-13.30 LUNCH

‘Standing to Stand-Up: Gender and the Standing to Joke about Sexual Assault’
Anna Hotter (CUNY)
Respondent: Zoe Walker (Oxford)

‘Fitting Emotions and Just Art: How Aesthetic Features Undermine Virtuous Perception’
Anna Morse (Virginia)
Respondent: Michael Martin (Oxford)

16.00-16.30 BREAK

16.30-18.00 KEYNOTE 1
‘Imaginings and Salience’
Ella Whiteley (Sheffield)

Conference Dinner
Friday 21st June

9.30-10.45 ‘Privacy, Ignorance, and the Importance of Fiction’
Sam Rogers (NYU)
Respondent: Robbie Kubala (UT Austin)

10.45-11.15 BREAK

11.15-12.30 ‘Speech Acts and Unspeakable Raps’
Tareeq Jalloh (Sheffield)
Respondent: Lucy McDonald (KCL)

12.30-13.30 LUNCH

13.30-14.45 ‘Due Respect Makes Demands of our Imaginative Practices: A More Complete Picture of the Ethics of our Mental Lives’
Caroline von Klemperer (Rutgers)
Respondent: James Laing (Oxford)

14.45-16.00 ‘Art as a Guide to Imagining the Joy and Suffering of Animals as Our Own’
Maisie Luo (Rutgers)
Respondent: Alison Hills (Oxford)

16.00-16.30 BREAK

16.30-18.00 KEYNOTE 2
‘Does it Matter if Beauty is Objective?’
James Grant (Oxford)

This conference is supported by the Aristotelian Society, the British Society of Aesthetics, the Mind Association, the Society for Applied Philosophy, and Trinity College, Oxford.

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