My principal interests are the theory of art and certain major artists and writers whose work strikes me as central to the modern predicament (Goya, Dostoevsky, Laclos...) I believe that the explanations of art offered by modern aesthetics (aka philosophy of art) are fundamentally unsatisfactory largely because thinking remains shackled to eighteenth and nineteenth-century intellectual and cultural assumptions that have ceased to be relevant.

Much of my writing is indebted to the French thinker André Malraux (1901-1976) who is one of the rare figures who offers a theory of art relevant to modern experience. Regrettably, Malraux is widely ne…

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