Boston University
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 1985
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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    New Objections to Cultural Appropriation in the Arts
    British Journal of Aesthetics 61 (3): 307-316. 2021.
    Some writers have objected to cultural appropriation in the arts on the grounds that it violates cultures’ property rights. Recently a paper by Erich Matthes and another by C. Thi Nguyen and Matthew Strohl have argued that cultural appropriation does not violate property rights but that it is nevertheless often objectionable. Matthes argues that cultural appropriation contributes to the oppression of disadvantaged cultures. Nguyen and Strohl argue that it violated the intimacy of cultures. This …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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    Kant on Form or Design
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 79 (1): 112-115. 2021.
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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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    Kant's Musical Antiformalism
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78 (2): 171-182. 2020.
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    Philosophical Perspectives on Music
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 (1): 75-76. 1999.
  • Authenticities: Philosophical Reflections on Musical Performance
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 54 (2): 198-200. 1995.
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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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    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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    The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (edited book)
    with Conrad G. Brunk
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2009.
    _The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation_ undertakes a comprehensive and systematic investigation of the moral and aesthetic questions that arise from the practice of cultural appropriation. Explores cultural appropriation in a wide variety of contexts, among them the arts and archaeology, museums, and religion Questions whether cultural appropriation is always morally objectionable Includes research that is equally informed by empirical knowledge and general normative theory Provides a coherent an…Read more
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    Empiricism and the Ontology of Jazz
    Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74 (4): 1255-1266. 2018.
    This essay argues that there is no alethic basis for adopting one ontology of jazz music rather than another. Any ontology of jazz that is consistent with the available empirical evidence may be adopted, though pragmatic reasons may exist for favouring one ontology of jazz over another. There are empirical differences between jazz and much of classical music, but one may adopt the same ontology for jazz that one adopts for works classical music.
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    It has long been known that Jean-Baptiste Du Bos exercised a considerable influence on Hume’s essays and, in particular, on the ‘Of the Standard of Taste’ and ‘Of Tragedy’. It has also been noted that some passages in the Treatise bear marks of Du Bos’ influence. In this essay, we identify many more passages in the Treatise that bear unmistakable signs of Du Bos’ influence. We demonstrate that Du Bos certainly had a significant impact on Hume as he wrote the Treatise. We go on to argue that Hume…Read more
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    How Classical Music is Better than Popular Music
    Philosophy 91 (4): 523-540. 2016.
  • Reason, Truth and History (review)
    Eidos: The Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophy 2
  • 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
  • David Armstrong, A World of States of Affairs (review)
    Philosophy in Review 18 157-158. 1998.
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    Representation in Literature
    Literature & Aesthetics 9 127-143. 1999.
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    The Immorality of Applied Ethics
    International Journal of Applied Philosophy 3 (2): 37-43. 1986.
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    Aesthetic Antirealism
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 35 (1): 119-134. 1997.
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    Pragmatism and the Fate of Philosophy
    Dialogue 23 (4): 683-686. 1984.
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    Should white men play the blues?
    Journal of Value Inquiry 28 (3): 415-424. 1994.
  • Relativism Revisited
    Indian Philosophical Quarterly 17 374-377. 1990.
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    Some members of the Vienna Circle argued for a coherence theory of truth. Their coherentism is immune to standard objections. Most versions of coherentism are unable to show why a sentence cannot be true even though it fails to cohere with a system of beliefs. That is, it seems that truth may transcend what we can be warranted in believing. If so, truth cannot consist in coherence with a system of beliefs. The Vienna Circle's coherentists held, first, that sentences are warranted by coherence wi…Read more
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    The Ancient and Modern System of the Arts
    British Journal of Aesthetics 55 (1): 1-17. 2015.
    Paul Oskar Kristeller famously argued that the modern ‘ system of the arts ’ did not emerge until the mid-eighteenth century, in the work of Charles Batteux. On this view, the modern conception of the fine arts had no parallel in the ancient world, the middle-ages or the modern period prior to Batteux. This paper argues that Kristeller was wrong. The ancient conception of the imitative arts completely overlaps with Batteux’s fine arts : poetry, painting, music, sculpture, and dance. Writers from…Read more
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    A Defence of the Coherence Theory of Truth
    Journal of Philosophical Research 26 89-101. 2001.
    Recent critics of the coherence theory of truth have alleged that the theory is incoherent, since its defence presupposes the correctness of the contrary correspondence theory of truth. Coherentists must specify the system of propositions with which true propositons cohere. Generally, coherentists claim that the specified system is a system composed of propositions believed by a community. Critics of coherentism maintain that the coherentist’s assertions about which system is the specified syste…Read more