Research Interests

My research interests have been (and continue to be) quite broad and diverse. Generally speaking, my area of specialization (AOS) involves the early modern period and aesthetic theory (both “analytic” and “continental”), but my professional and academic background have also focused heavily on contemporary art and the philosophy of art.

I count as areas of concentration (AOC) the following: J.G. Herder, Critical Theory, philosophy of language, Kant, modernity/post-modernity, pragmatism, the imagination, subjectivity and issues of multicultural identity, and the philosophy of tourism. Current papers in production include research on J.B. Dubos, “Everyday Aesthetics”,  and “aesthetic authority” in the social sphere.

My PhD dissertation dealt with early modern aesthetics, and also with the developing discourse of “everyday aesthetics“. The abstract can be found here.

Prior to that, my M.F.A work involved a study of encyclopedias, and my creative project involved a treatment of one volume of a 1974 “New American Encyclopedia”.

The objective of my M.Phil in Humanities degree was not to produce a body of research on a single topic (akin to an “MA Thesis”), but rather to demonstrate competency in a range of interconnected areas through a compilation of essays. My work focused on approaches to the philosophy of art in both analytic and continental traditions, and also touched on the idea of utopia. While pursuing this degree, I was also awarded a research fellowship as part of a project looking at “Coastlines in Crisis,” which sent me to Denmark to look at tourism in coastal communities.

During my M.A. degree I wrote a “thesis” tracing the notion of the self through Descartes, Freud, and contemporary constructionist theories.

My undergraduate honors thesis dealt with the topic of personal identity, and I defended a view that identity is not in fact required for survival (a position developed from the work of Derek Parfit).