Art and Culture
Faculty research explores various art domains such as comedy, hip hop, lyric poetry, the novel, painting, sculpture, and theater with many approaches operating in non-exclusive ways, such as affect theory, critical theory, deconstruction, feminism, hermeneutics, pragmatism, and relational aesthetics.
Projects often attend to specific works and/or explore how they operate in diverse social contexts and movements, and most draw upon other disciplines like art history, comparative literature, film studies, music, and poetics.
Recent projects concern the political power of comedy, the philosophical aspects and implications of Wagner’s music, the nature of improvisation, James Joyce’s philosophical roots, Brian Eno’s ambient music, questions of taste, and the nature of aesthetic experience and artistic meaning.
Ursula Goldenbaum. “Mendelssohn's Spinozistic Alternative to Baumgarten's Pietist Project of Aesthetics.” Moses Mendelssohn’s Metaphysics and Aesthetics, Rainier Munk, Ed. Springer Publishing: 2012. 299-327
John Lysaker. “Turning Listening Inside Out: Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music for Airports.” Journal for Speculative Philosophy. Vol. 31, No. 1. 2017 155-176
John Lysaker. “Finding Our Bearings with Art,” NONsite.org, Issue #16.
Andrew J. Mitchell. Heidegger Among the Sculptors: Body, Space, and the Art of Dwelling. Stanford University Press, 2010
Andrew J. Mitchell. Derrida and Joyce: Texts and Contexts. SUNY Press, 2013. Co-edited with Samuel Slote.
Mark Risjord, “Structure, Agency, and Improvisation,” Rethinking the Individualism/Holism Debate: Essays in Philosophy of Social Science. Julie Zahle and Colin Finn, Eds. Springer Synthese Library, 2014.
John J. Stuhr, “Philosophy, Literature, and Dogma." Overheard in Seville. 31, 2013. 19-30
Jessica T. Wahman, "Drama as Physical Genre," Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 28.4: 2014. 454-471.
Cynthia Willett. On Humor: Or, How Feminists, Animals, and Other Social Misfits Use Belly Laughs to Talk Truth to Power. Columbia University Press, forthcoming – with Julie Willett