chapter  40
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FAKES AND FORGERIES

ByNAN STALNAKER

Underlying much discussion of forgery is this question: why do people prefer a genuine work of art to a copy when they cannot tell the difference between the two? To put the question in its strongest form: suppose not just the average viewer, but even the greatest experts will never be able to see any difference between them? In this case, could there possibly be a justification to prefer the original work?