Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann

Professor at Department of Philosophy, Aesthetics; Academic Staff

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I have held the Chair of Aesthetics in the Philosophy Department since January 2014. Previously, I was Senior Lecturer at Durham University (2006-14). My research interests include normativity, the relations between aesthetic, moral and epistemic value, Kant, Hume, aesthetic reasons, non-perceptual beauty, subjectivism and objectivism, realism and anti-realism. I have also worked on non-perceptual art, neuroaesthetics and the cognitive value of art.

From 2007 to 2019 I served as Editor (with John Hyman) of the British Journal of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press).

After completing my MA (Hons.) and MSc (Res) at the University of Edinburgh, I moved to King's College London, where I was awarded my PhD in 2003. I held a post-doctoral research fellowship there from 2003 to 2006, when I was appointed at Durham (as Lecturer 2006-08, and Senior Lecturer 2008-14).

I have worked on several research projects, including on the philosophy of conceptual art, empirical aesthetics and the ethics and aesthetics of archaeology. I am currently the Principal Investigator of 'Aesthetic Perception and Aesthetic Cognition', a project funded by Vetenskapsrådet (2019-2021).

I am married to Guy Dammann, with whom I have two children (Cecilia Viola, b.2009 and Gabriel, b.2012).

You can download a copy of my full CV here.

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Authored Books

  • Aesthetic Value and Epistemic Gain. In progress.

  • Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? 2009. Co-authored with Goldie, P. London: Routledge.

  • Aesthetics and Morality. 2007. London: Continuum. 2nd ed. Forthcoming 2021.

Edited Volumes

  • Aesthetics, Philosophy and Martin Creed. 2021. Co-edited with Dal Sasso. D. London: Bloomsbury.

  • The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology. 2011. Co-edited with Goldie, P. Oxford: Oxford UP.

  • Philosophy and Conceptual Art. 2007. Co-edited with Goldie, P. Oxford: Oxford UP.

Journal articles and Book chapters

  • ‘Aesthetic Understanding and Moral Agency in Art’, Disputatio. Forthcoming 2022.

  • ‘Taste: Perceptual Discernment or Emotional Sensibility?’, co-authored with Irene Marin Martinez, Perspectives on Taste, Dan Zeman & Julia Zakkou (eds.). London: Routledge. Forthcoming 2021/22.

  • ‘Concepts and Ideas in Art’. Routledge Companion to Painting and Sculpture. Carroll, N. & Gilmore, J. (eds.). New York: Routledge. Forthcoming 2021/22.

  • ‘Learning in Painting, Learning from Painting’. Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Art. Harold, J. (ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2022.

  • ‘Objectivity and Pleasurable Contemplation’. Disinterested Pleasure and Beauty - Perspectives from Kantian and Contemporary Aesthetics. Berger, L. & Schönecker, D. (eds.). Berlin: DeGruyter. Forthcoming 2021.

  • ‘Conceptual Art’, Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, Forthcoming 2021.

  • ‘Disagreement about Taste’. Women of Ideas. Warburton, N. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2020.

  • ‘Evaluating Art Morally’. Theoria. Vol.86, No.6. 2020.

  • ‘Challenging the Notion of Intelligible Beauty’. Beauty: New Essays in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. Huemer, W. & Vendrell Ferran, I. (eds.). Munich: Philosophia Verlag. 2019.

  • ‘Respect, Responsibility and Ruins’, co-authored with Page, J. Artifact and Memory: Philosophical Perspectives on Ruins, Monuments and Memorials. Bicknell, J. & Judkins, J. & Korsmeyer, C. (eds.). New York: Routledge. 2019.

  • ‘Seeing the Light: Aesthetic Experience and Understanding Pictures’. Pictorial Experience: Perception and Appreciation. Pelletier, J. & Voltolini, A. (eds.). London: Routledge. 2018.

  • ‘Psychologizing Aesthetic Attention’, Book Symposium, Estetika, 2018.

  • ‘On the Moral Psychology and Normative Force of Aesthetic Reasons’, co-authored with Dammann, G. Estetika. 2017.

  • ‘Value Judgements and Standards of Normative Assessment’. The Semantics of Aesthetic Judgement. Young, J. O. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford UP. 2017.

  • ‘Estetik Bortom Perception?’. Filosofisk Tidskrift. No.3. 2016.

  • ‘Aesthetic Sensibility, Epistemic Virtue and Emotional Sharing’. Emotion, Narrative and Art. Dodd, J. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford UP. 2016.

  • ‘On the Rise of the Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Archaeology’. Aisthesis. (Special issue: The Aesthetic Mind). Vol.8, No.1, 2015.

  • ‘Is Artistic Meaning defunct? A Reply to Noel Carroll’. Sztuka i Filosofia. Issue 44, 2014.

  • ‘Aesthetics and Epistemology’. Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics. Kelly, M. (ed.) Oxford: Oxford UP. 2014.

  • ‘A Bridge Too Far: From Basic Exposure to Understanding in Artistic Experience.’ Brain and Behavioural Sciences, Vol. 36, Issue 3, 2013.

  • ‘Taking the Moral Perspective: On Voyeurism in Art’. Art, Aesthetics and Pornography. Levinson, J. & Maes, H. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford UP. 2012.

  • ‘Explanatory Dualism in Empirical Aesthetics: A New Reading’. Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 19, Issue 9-10, 200-219, 2012.

  • ‘The Metaphysics of Aesthetic Properties’. The Handbook of Aesthetics. Ribeiro, A. C. (ed.). London: Continuum. 2012.

  • ‘Kant: A Philosopher of Beauty’. Aesthetics: Key Thinkers in Aesthetics. Giovanelli, A. (ed.). London: Continuum. 2012.

  • ‘Experiencing the Aesthetic: Kantian Autonomy or Evolutionary Biology? The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology. Schellekens, E. & Goldie, P. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford UP. 2011.

  • ‘Art, Emotion, Ethics: Conceptual Boundaries and Kinds of Value.’ Philosophical Books. 2009. Vol. 50, No 3, 158-171.

  • ‘Taste and Objectivity: The Emergence of the Concept of the Aesthetic’. Philosophy Compass. 2009, Vol.4, August.

  • ’Meta-Aesthetics: Realism, Objectivism, Cognitivism’. New Waves in Aesthetics and Value Theory. 2008. Stock, K. & Thomson-Jones, K. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. 170-187.

  • ‘The Aesthetic Value of Ideas’. Philosophy and Conceptual Art. 2007. Goldie, P. & Schellekens, E. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford UP. 71-91.

  • ‘Introduction’, with Goldie, P. Philosophy and Conceptual Art. 2007. Goldie, P. & Schellekens, E. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford UP.

  • ‘Towards a Reasonable Objectivism for Aesthetic Judgements’. British Journal of Aesthetics. 46:2, April 2006, 163-177. (Reprinted in Kunst und Erfahrung. Beiträge zu einer philosophischen Debatte. Deines, S. & Liptow, J. & Seel, M. (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp 2012.)

  • ‘Analytic Aesthetics’. Companion to Twentieth-Century Philosophies. Boundas, C. (ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP. 2006. 338-350.

  • ‘"Seeing is Believing" and "Believing is Seeing"’. Acta Analytica. 20:4, Oct. 2005, 10-23.

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