CPP Colloquium with Alfred Archer - “When Artists Fall: Honouring and Admiring the Immoral”

13 september 2018, 15:15 - 17:00 | Lipsius Building, Lecture Room 2.03, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden | The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden (co-authored with Ben Matheson Stockholm University)

The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is pleased to announce a talk by Alfred Archer (Tilburg) with the title “When Artists Fall: Honouring and Admiring the Immoral”. (Co-authored with Ben Matheson Stockholm University).


Is it appropriate to honour and admire immoral artists? This question is of crucial importance given the recent debates concerning how to respond to prominent cases of artists who have been accused of morally outrageous behaviour. In this paper, focus on the ethics of honouring immoral artists through giving them awards. We argue that there are moral reasons not to express admiration for immoral artists through giving them awards and honours. First, we argue that admiration for immoral artists can serve to condone their behaviour. Second, we argue that admiring immoral artists can generate undue epistemic credibility for the artists, which can lead to an indirect form of testimonial injustice for the artists’ victims. Finally, we argue that admiring immoral artists can also serve to silence their victims.

About Alfred Archer

Alfred Archer is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tilburg University and a member of The Tilburg Centre for Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS). His primary research interests are in moral philosophy and he is currently working on an NWO funded Veni project on The Value of Admiration. He has previously taught at The University of Bristol and before that completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. 

About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register. See this website for more information. For further questions please contact dr. Dorota Mokrosinska

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