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John Mahlan


In this paper, I explore some issues in the philosophy of art. I examine a well-known thought experiment about a 20 th century French author who, without copying the words, attempts to write his own version of Don Quixote that would be indistinguishable from Cervantes’ novel to any given reader. I argue that this second Don Quixote is a unique work in its own right, and that this gives us important insights into the nature of artworks, the possibility of forging artworks, and aesthetic evaluation in general. I am currently expanding this paper into an honors thesis on the nature of indistinguishable artworks.