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.

Selected Publications

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 LysakerBrian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports. (Oxford, 2018)

John Lysaker. “In the Interest of Art,” Phenomenology and the Arts, Peter Costello and Licia Carlson, Editors. Lexington Books. 2016 pp. 47-58.

John Lysaker. “Finding Our Bearings with Art,”, 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

Donald Phillip Verene. James Joyce and the Philosophers at Finnegans Wake. Northwestern University Press, 2016.
Donald Phillip Verene, Ed. Vico & Joyce. SUNY Press, 1987

Jessica T. Wahman, "Drama as Physical Genre," Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 28.4: 2014. 454-471.
Cynthia WillettA Theory of Humor: How Feminists, Animals, and Other Subversives Talk Truth, University of Minnesota Press, Forthcoming, with Julie Willett

George Yancy, Ed. Therapeutic Uses of Rap and Hip-Hop. Routledge, 2012 – with Susan Hadley.

Recent Courses

540 Heidegger and 20th Century Poetry (Mitchell)
551 Aesthetics and Politics (Willett)
572 Hegel and 20th Century Aesthetics (Lysaker)
789 Heidegger, Adorno, Dewey (Lysaker)
789 Wagner & Philosophy: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Adorno (Mitchell)
789 James Joyce and Philosophy (Verene)