Professor Philosophy
331 Pardee Hall


  • Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park

FAMS/PHIL 345: Philosophy of Film

Teaching interests: aesthetics and the philosophy of art, with a particular emphasis on the philosophy of literature and the philosophy of the visual arts

Selected publications:
“Ethical Criticism in Perspective: A Defense of Radical Moralism.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 71, No. 4, Winter 2013, pp. 335-348.

“Ethicism, Particularism, and Artistic Categorization.” Ethical Perspectives, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2013, pp. 375-401.

Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers (London and New York: Continuum 2012).

“Pour une critique éthique des moyens de production des œuvres.” Nouvelle Revue d’Esthétique, Vol. 6, 2010, pp. 39-50.

“Cognitive Value and Imaginative Identification: The Case of Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 68, No. 4, Fall 2010, pp. 355-366.

“In Sympathy with Narrative Characters.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 67, No. 1, Winter 2009, pp. 83-95.  (Reprinted in N. Carroll, ed., The Aesthetics, Poetics, and Philosophy of Narrative.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2009.)

“In and Out: The Dynamics of Imagination in the Engagement with Narratives.”  The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 66, No. 1, Winter 2008, pp. 11-24.

“The Ethical Criticism of Art: A New Mapping of the Territory,” Philosophia, Vol. 35, No. 2, June 2007, pp. 117-127.

Dominic McIver Lopes, Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005).  Book review. Mind, Vol. 117, No. 466, 2008, pp. 490-494.

Kimberly A. Blessing and Paul J. Tudico, eds., Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on Hollywood (Chicago, Ill.: Open Court Press, 2005).  Book review. The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 40, No. 4, December 2006, pp. 497-503.