I am Associate Professor of Philosophy and affiliate faculty in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University.
I serve on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Aesthetics and recently served as a Trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics.
I am on research leave as a residential fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt in autumn of 2020. Previously I have visited at the Universities of Vienna and Barcelona.
I specialize in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. My research has been largely devoted to carving out a 'philosophy of poetry' within aesthetics (now a reality). Most of my publications are available via my Research Gate and PhilPeople pages.
Beautiful Speech: The Nature, Origins, and Powers of Poetry is under contract with Oxford University Press and has been funded by fellowships from the Mellon and Woodrow Wilson Foundations and the National Humanities Center.
The Philosophy of Poetry and Literature, for the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy Series, is also under contract.
I edited and contributed to The Bloomsbury Companion to Aesthetics (2012; PB 2015).
Articles and book reviews
'Love, Death and Life's Summum Bonum: The Before Trilogy as Memento Mori', for the Routledge Philosophers on Film series volume on Richard Linklater's trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013), edited by Hans Maes and Katrien Schaubroeck, projected for 2020;
Review of Helen Mort and Aaron Meskin (author and editor), Opposite: Poems, Philosophy and Coffee (Scarborough, UK: Valley Press, 2019). Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78:2, Spring 2020.
'Poesía', for the online encyclopedia of the Sociedad Española de Filosofía Analítica, Estética y Teoría de las Artes, edited by María José Alcaraz and Paca Pérez Carreño (in Spanish).
'Love, Death and Life's Summum Bonum: The Before Trilogy as Memento Mori':
'Origins: Poetry as Fossil Language'. Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, December 2020 (online).
'Fiction, Embellishment, and the Poetic Imagination'. Panel on Philosophy of Literature, APA Pacific Division Meeting, Portland, OR, April 2021 (moved online).
TBD. Colorado College Philosophy Colloquium Series, May 2021.
I was awarded the 2016 American Society for Aesthetics Ted Cohen Prize for "The Spoken and the Written: An Ontology of Poems" (in The Philosophy of Poetry, edited by J. Gibson, Oxford University Press 2015). Here are some reviews of the book that discuss my contribution: Estetika, BJA, JAAC.
In 2014 I defended The Philosophical Importance of Aesthetics in my first contribution to the blogosphere. After a lively debate there, the discussion continued here. The post won the first Ornie Award for Outstanding Guest Post.
Page last updated on 23 November 2020.