Boston University
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 1985
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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    Literary Fiction and the Cultivation of Virtue
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 19 (2): 315-330. 2019.
    Many philosophers have claimed that reading literary fiction makes people more virtuous. This essay begins by defending the view that this claim is empirical. It goes on to review the empirical literature and finds that this literature supports the claim philosophers have made. Three mechanisms are identified whereby reading literary fiction makes people more virtuous: empathy is increased when readers enter imaginatively into the lives of fictional characters; reading literary fiction promotes …Read more
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    Batteux: The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle
    Oxford University Press UK. 2015.
    The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle by Charles Batteux was arguably the most influential work on aesthetics published in the eighteenth century. It influenced every major aesthetician in the second half of the century, and is the work generally credited with establishing the modern system of the arts: poetry, painting, music, sculpture and dance. Batteux's book is also an invaluable aid to the interpretation of the arts of eighteenth century. And yet there has never been a complete or re…Read more
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    Philosophical Perspectives on Music
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 (1): 75-76. 1999.
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    Aesthetics: Critical Concepts in Philosophy (edited book)
    Routledge. 2005.
    This four volume set brings together both classic and contemporary writings to provide a comprehensive collection of the most important essays on the subject. All of the various artistic genres are addressed, with sections on film, dance and architecture as well as music, literature and the visual arts. With a new introduction by the editor to guide the reader through the volumes, this major new work will provide student and researcher alike with key writings on aesthetics in one convenient, uni…Read more
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    This is the first modern, annotated and scholarly edition of Jean-Baptiste Du Bos’ _Critical Reflections on Poetry and Painting_, one of the seminal works of modern aesthetics in any language.
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    The Semantics of Aesthetic Judgements (edited book)
    Oxford University Press UK. 2017.
    Are aesthetic judgements simply expressions of personal preference? If two people disagree about the beauty of a painting are both judgements valid or can someone be mistaken about the aesthetic value of an artwork? This volume brings together some of the leading philosophers of art and language to debate the status of aesthetic judgements.
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    Critical Notice
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (2): 491-500. 1987.
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    Representation in Literature
    Literature & Aesthetics 9 127-143. 1999.
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    Evaluation and the cognitive function of art
    Journal of Aesthetic Education 29 (4): 65-78. 1995.
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    Feeling and Imagination: The Vibrant Flux of Our Existence (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 57 (1): 180-180. 2003.
    This book is an exploration of “affective attachment,” which Singer describes as “the part of affective life which is pertinent to the phenomenon of attachment.” Affective attachment includes sex, love, and compassion. It is difficult to summarize Singer’s views on this topic. Singer sees the book as a systematic exploration of affective attachment, “a single unfolding of speculative thought.” At the same time he allows that he finds “that our affective being is so mercurial that touching on it …Read more
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    Art and Knowledge
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 63 (2): 198-200. 2005.
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    Jenefer Robinson, Ed., Music and Meaning
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 56 (3): 314-316. 1998.
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    Charles Batteux: The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2015.
    The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle by Charles Batteux was arguably the most influential work on aesthetics published in the 18th century. James O. Young presents the first complete English translation of the work, with full annotations and a comprehensive introduction, which illuminate Batteux's continuing philosophical interest.
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    Jeanette Bicknell, Why Music Moves Us Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 29 (5): 316-317. 2009.
    Review of Why Music Moves Us by Jeanette Bicknell.
  • Aesthetics Critical Concepts in Philosophy
    Mcgraw Hill Professional. 2005.
    This collection brings together classic and contemporary writings on the philosophy of art. All of the various artistic genres are addressed, with sections on film, dance and architecture as well as music, literature and the visual arts.
  • Reason, Truth and History (review)
    Eidos: The Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophy 2
  • Jeanette Bicknell, Why Music Moves Us
    Philosophy in Review 29 (5): 316. 2009.
  • Relativism Revisited
    Indian Philosophical Quarterly 17 374-377. 1990.
  • Authenticity in performance
    In Berys Nigel Gaut & Dominic Lopes (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, Routledge. 2001.
  • Michael Dummett, Thought and Reality
    Philosophy in Review 27 (5): 334. 2007.
  • David Armstrong, A World of States of Affairs (review)
    Philosophy in Review 18 157-158. 1998.
  • Authenticities: Philosophical Reflections on Musical Performance
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 54 (2): 198-200. 1995.
  • Art and the Educated Audience
    Journal of Aesthetic Education 44 (3): 29. 2010.
  • Global Anti-Realism: A Metaphilosophical Inquiry (review)
    Dialogue 40 (4): 814-815. 2001.
    Full disclosure: I am the author of a book with a title only typographically different from that of the one under review. The present book is avowedly hostile to global anti-realism while mine is a sustained defence of the position. My route to global anti-realism is discounted by page 4 of Cortens’s book. If my remarks sometimes have a critical tenor, no one should be surprised. Still, I found much to admire in this book. It contributes significantly to our understanding of global anti-realism.
  • An answer is provided to the question of the conditions under which sentences are true. Realists claim that reality provides the truth conditions of sentences. Realism is rejected. An anti-realist position according to which truth is relative to the theories of linguistic communities is adopted. A sentence is true if and only if warranted by theories held to be correct by a community. ;Many of the standard objections to anti-realism and relativist positions are considered and refuted. Anti-reali…Read more