Vol. 9 No. 2 (2016): Je est un autre. Mimicries in nature, art and society

Aesthetics of Fake. An Overview

Published 2016-11-17


  • fake,
  • mimesis,
  • hyperreality

How to Cite

Mecacci, A. (2016). Aesthetics of Fake. An Overview. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 9(2), 59–69. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-19416


The word «fake» and its several synonyms (copy, forgery, simulacrum) touch on a number of ontological and mimetic issues that since Plato have led directly to contemporary debates. In the present survey we will try to outline a «grammar of fake» through three points: a) the issue of pseudos in Plato and its impact on contemporaneity; b) the notion of hyperreality as absolute fake; c) the dimension of operative fake, grasped in its postmodern enucleation.


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