22The Animal Is Present: The Ethics of Animal Use in Contemporary ArtJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 76 (4): 519-528. 2018.In recent years, an increasing number of contemporary artists have incorporated live animals into their work. Although this development has attracted a great deal of attention in the artworld and among animal rights activists, it has not been much discussed in the philosophy of art—which is quite remarkable, given the serious ethical and artistic questions that these artworks prompt. I focus on answering two such questions. First, is the use of animals in these artworks ethically objectionable? …Read more
17Nick Riggle’s On Being Awesome (review)The Philosophers' Magazine 79 117-118. 2017.
36Art Criticism as Practical ReasoningBritish Journal of Aesthetics 57 (3): 299-317. 2017.Most recent discussions of reasons in art criticism focus on reasons that justify beliefs about the value of artworks. Reviving a long-neglected suggestion from Paul Ziff, I argue that we should focus instead on art-critical reasons that justify actions—namely, particular ways of engaging with artworks. I argue that a focus on practical rather than theoretical reasons yields an understanding of criticism that better fits with our intuitions about the value of reading art criticism, and which mak…Read more
34Obligations to Artworks as Duties of LoveEstetika 54 (1): 85-101. 2017.It is uncontroversial that our engagement with artworks is constrained by obligations; most commonly, these consist in obligations to other persons, such as artists, audiences, and owners of artworks. A more controversial claim is that we have genuine obligations to artworks themselves. I defend a qualified version of this claim. However, I argue that such obligations do not derive from the supposed moral rights of artworks – for no such rights exist. Rather, I argue that these obligations are i…Read more
Texas State UniversityDepartment of PhilosophyLecturer
Department of Philosophy
San Marcos, Texas, United States of America