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Prof A.W. Eaton – SAF Lecture

The *Scottish Aesthetics Forum *is delighted to announce its next lecture:
*Professor A.W. Eaton (University of Illinois, Chicago)*

*“Propaganda, Pornography, Pictures, and Persuasion”*

*Monday, 5 December, 2016, 4:15 – 6:00pm*

*Room 1.20, Dugald Stewart Building, *

*University of Edinburgh*
*The lecture is free and open to all!*
*Abstract:* It is a curious fact about the philosophical literatures on
both propaganda and pornography that they tend to talk about these
phenomena as if they were primarily linguistic. Yet by far most pornography
today is pictorial and most propaganda has a significant pictorial
component. This paper aims to shift the focus in the conversations to
pictures and begins to think through some of the implications of this
shift. In particular, I’ll be developing a peculiarly pictorial model of
persuasion that better suits the work that pornography and propaganda can
do. Along the way, I’ll use some examples of highly persuasive pictures
from the Italian Renaissance.
*About the speaker:* A.W. Eaton is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the
University of Illinois, at Chicago, where she is also affiliated with the
Gender and Women’s studies and the Department of Art History. A.W. Eaton
received her Ph.D. from The University of Chicago in both philosophy and
art history in 2003. She works on topics in feminism, aesthetics and
the philosophy of art, value theory, and Italian Renaissance painting.
Her special interests include the epistemological and ontological status
of aesthetic value, the relationship between ethical and artistic
value, feminist critiques of pornography, representations of rape in the
European artistic tradition, and artifact teleology. A.W. Eaton was a
Laurence Rockefeller Fellow at Princeton’s Center for Human Values in
2005-6. She is the editor of the Aesthetics & Philosophy of Art section of
Philosophy Compass. For more details and for a list of publications, see
her website at
*Additional information: *The lecture will be followed by a dinner with our
speaker. If you would like to attend the dinner, please contact the
organisers by Thursday, 5 December.

*** *There are limited funds to cover dinner expenses for two students,
offered on a first-come-first-served basis. ****
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SAF* is generously supported by the *British Society of Aesthetics*.*