Daniel O. Nathan
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Philosophy
Texas Tech University

I received my degrees from the University of Michigan (A.B., Honors in Philosophy) and from the University of Illinois at Chicago (M.A. and Ph.D.). I write and teach in the areas of aesthetics, ethics, and philosophy of law. These days, I have been thinking about the nature of aesthetic value and, principally, working on a book-length project addressing interpretation in law and the arts.

My articles on topics in aesthetics, ethical theory, and philosophy of law have appeared in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the British Journal of Aesthetics, Erkenntnis, Public Affairs Quarterly, and other scholarly venues, and include:

    "Art, Meaning, and Artist’s Meaning," Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Art,                 edited by Matthew Kieran, Blackwell’s Publishers (Oxford UK), 2006, 282-295
    "A Paradox in Intentionalism," British Journal of Aesthetics, January 2005, 45:1, 32-48. (Reprinted in part in Aesthetics Today, Stecker and Gracyk (eds.) Rowman & Littlefield, 2010)
    "Liberal Principles and Government Support for the Arts," Public Affairs Quarterly, April 1994, 157-167.
    "Irony, Metaphor, and the Problem of Intention," Intention and Interpretation, edited by Gary Iseminger, Temple University Press, 1992, 183-203.
    "Just Looking: Voyeurism and the Grounds of Privacy," Public Affairs Quarterly, October 1990, 381‑402. (Reprinted in part in Ethical Theory and Moral Problems, Curzer (ed.) Wadsworth Publishing, 1998, 530-539)
    "Skepticism and Legal Interpretation," Erkenntnis, September 1990, vol. 33, 165‑189.
    "Irony and the Artist's Intention," British Journal of Aesthetics, Summer 1982, 22:3, 245-257.