The Normativity of Fiction in the Making: Ethics and Aesthetics in the Work of Caveh Zahedi 19./20. April 2021, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM CET.

Philosophcial discussion of fiction has often focused on the ontological status of fictional entities and the metaphysics of the reality / fiction distinction. But not only does the nature of fiction change with respect to different historical contexts, technologies, and media. Depicting reality and shaping fiction crucially involves normative questions: what are we allowed to show? to what privacy do we have a right? is there a justice to narrating events?
The conference is conceived as a workshop discussion with New York-based filmmaker Caveh Zahedi ( ), whose work tests the ethical and aesthetic limits of fiction. It features contributions fromboth filmmakers and scholars in philosophy and other humanities.

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Date: 19.04.2021 – 20.04.2021


Online Conference, University of Bonn/New School for Social Research