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ASA Funds Workshop on Aesthetic Normativity at Harvard

Wednesday, March 13, 2019  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The ASA Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $7,500 in partial support of "Aesthetic Normativity: A Workshop," organized by Samantha Matherne, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. The Workshop, which will be free and open to the public, will be held May 10-11, 2019, at Harvard University. Substantial cost-sharing is being provided by the Department of Philosophy at Harvard and the New York Institute of Philosophy.

The Workshop will bring together philosophers working in aesthetics with philosophers working in other areas, especially such normative areas as ethics, meta-ethics, political philosophy, and law. The format for the workshop will emphasize collaboration. Each speaker will be paired with a commentator, each reflecting the blending of multiple perspectives on the relevant topic. 


  • Samantha Matherne: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University; Kant, Phenomenology, Aesthetics
  • Alex King: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Buffalo; Ethics, Meta-Ethics, Aesthetics
  • Brian Soucek: Professor of Law, UC Davis; Antidiscrimination Law, Constitutional Law, Aesthetics
  • Hannah Ginsborg: Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley; Aesthetics, Kant, Normative Theory, Philosophy of Mind
  • Robert Hopkins: Professor of Philosophy, NYU: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind
  • Nick Riggle: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego; Aesthetics, Ethics, Moral Psychology, and Social Philosophy
  • Alva Noë: Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley; Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind


  • Errol Lord: Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania; Ethical Theory, Epistemology, Philosophy of Action, Aesthetics, Moral Psychology
  • Erin Kelly: Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University; Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law
  • Francey Russell: Post-Doc in Philosophy, Yale University; Ethics and Moral Psychology, 19th-20th Century European Philosophy, Aesthetics
  • Caitlin Dolan: Graduate Student in Philosophy, UC Berkeley; Philosophy of Perception, Epistemology, Aesthetics
  • Becca Rothfeld: Graduate Student in Philosophy, Harvard University; Epistemology, Normative Theory, Aesthetics, Feminist Philosophy


  • Jenny Judge: Graduate Student in Philosophy, NYU; Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, Aesthetics
  • Antonia Peacocke: Post-Doc in Philosophy, NYU; Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Literature.
  • Brad Skow: Professor of Philosophy, MIT: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Physics, Aesthetics
  • Nico Sillins: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Cornell; Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind
  • Robbie Kubala [moderator]: Post-Doc in Philosophy, Columbia; Ethics, Aesthetics

As soon as it is available, the exact schedule and location will be announced on this ASA web site.



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