Aesthetics: I focus on cultural differences in art classification and interpretation, art ontology, artistic and aesthetic properties, and the borderlines of art and the aesthetic. I discussed issues of high social relevance, such as pornography and its artistic and moral status in the modern world. I had an opportunity to engage in international collaboration with Prof. Richard Kamber, working on an experimental philosophy paper concerning art classification, and I am currently preparing an interdisciplinary experiment with a psychologist, Dr Eva Murzyn.

Applied Ethics: I look at the moral implications of recent developments in medicine of psychoactive substances: cognitive enhancement, vaccinations against drugs, and the use of drugs in treatment of psychological disorders. I address the moral status of drug use and addiction, moral justification behind actions aimed at preventing use and addiction, and the implications the use of vaccinations would have for civil rights.


Publication list:

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"The cultural definition of art"
Metaphilosophy 48.4 (2017), 404-29.
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"Errors in 'The History of an Error'", with Aaron Meskin
British Journal of Aesthetics 56.2 (2016), pp. 179-185.
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"A critique of functionalist definitions of art"
Dialogues on Culture and Education 8.2 (2015), pp. 27-46.
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"The Cluster Account of Art: a Historical Dilemma"
Contemporary Aesthetics 12 (2014).
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"Solving Wollheim's Dilemma: A Fix for the Institutional Definition of Art"
Metaphilosophy 44.5 (2013), pp. 640-654.
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"A critique of moderate formalism"
Estetika L/VI.1 (2013), pp. 41-52.
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"A proposal for a dualistic ontology of art"
Sztuka i Filozofia 42 (2013), pp. 29-47.
19th Jubilee International Congress of Aesthetics issue.
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"Pornographic Art - A Case from Definitions"
The British Journal of Aesthetics 52.3 (2012), pp. 287-300.
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"Constructive thoughts on Pierre Menard"
Philosophy and Literature 35.2 (2011), pp. 338-347.
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Book
Chapters
"What is aesthetic value good for these days?"
Composition Matters. Ed. by Iwo Zanieweski, forthcoming.

Book
Reviews
H. Maes (ed.): Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography
The British Journal of Aesthetics (2015).
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T. Andina: The Philosophy of Art: The Question of Definition
The British Journal of Aesthetics 55.1, pp. 122-125 (2015).
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H. Maes and J. Levinson (eds.): Art and Pornography. Philosophical Essays
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71.4 (2013), pp. 381-383.
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Conference presentations:

2017 The rationalities of fictional emotions

14-16 July 2017
Decolonising Philosophy Curricula with the Diversity Reading List (workshop)
(with Alison Toop)
15-16 May 2017
2016 Towards a relational theory of comics: A hybrid theory of a hybrid art-form
(with Aaron Meskin)
Mixing Visual Media in Comics
St. John's, NL, Canada

13-14 Oct 2016
26 June 2016
2015 The paradox of fiction: an irrational solution

11-14 Nov 2015
27-28 Feb 2015

Recreational drug use and ethics

18 Feb 2015
2014 What is the artworld?

22 Sep 2014

Are drugs bad?

27-29 June 2014

15-16 May 2014

The Cultural Definition of Art
29-31 May 2014

19-20 May 2014
2013 For Whom is Shunga Art?

19 Dec 2013

The ethics of psychoactive drugs

1-3 Nov 2013

Art or Pornography? Philosophical Reflections on a False Dilemma

20-12 Apr 2013

A proposal for a dualistic ontology of art

21-27 July 2013
2012
27-28 Sep 2012

The Cluster Account of Art and History
22 Apr 2012

Good reasons to stay institutional
Institutionalism and the Aesthetic symposium
American Society for Aesthetics Eastern Division annual conference
Philadelphia, US

20-21 Apr 2012

Solving Wollheim's Dilemma
2-3 Mar 2012

12-13 Jan 2012