Current Research

I am working on a series of papers about aesthetic value and its personal and social importance. Some of these papers are published (2013, 2015a, 2015b, 2016, 2017) and others are in-progress. The focus of my current work is aesthetic judgment. I’m developing a view according to which typical aesthetic judgments are not just reports that e.g. something is beautiful but also invitations to appreciate. Other papers apply this view to aesthetic disagreement, aesthetic testimony, and to historical views about the social import of aesthetic judgment. I’m working on papers about Kant’s idea of “communal sense” and Schiller’s theory of aesthetic value, according to which “beauty alone can confer upon [one] a social character.” Happy to share—email for drafts.

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