I am Professor of Philosophy and affiliate professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University. I am a TTU "Integrated Scholar" honoree for excellence in research, teaching, and service.
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 also an editorial board member of the Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy and Poetry book series.
I have been a fellow at the National Humanities Center and at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. I have visited at the University of Vienna as a professor and at the University of Barcelona as a Woodrow Wilson/Mellon Foundation fellow.
I was recently interviewed by the newly established Washington University Review of Philosophy.
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 soon to be completed. It 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).
Recent and forthcoming articles and book reviews
'Poesía', to appear in 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; in progress).
'The Gift of the Lyric', The Philosophy of Fiction: Imagination and Cognition (Routledge Research in Aesthetics Series), edited by Julia Langkau and Patrik Engisch (Routledge, 2022).
'Love, Death and Life's Summum Bonum: The Before Trilogy as Memento Mori', The Philosophy of Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, edited by Hans Maes and Katrien Schaubroeck, 2021.
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, 2020.
'Poetic Powers: A Theory of Tropes'
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.
According to the people at the The Philosophy Tree, William James and Charles Sanders Peirce are my great-great-great-great-philosophical grandparents, by way of Josiah Royce, C.I. Lewis, Norman Malcolm, Sydney Shoemaker, Kendall Walton, and Jerrold Levinson.
Page last updated on 12 December 2022.