Department of Philosophy
University of British Columbia
Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z1

Dominic Lopes is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. A member of the UBC aesthetics group, he has worked on pictorial representation; the aesthetic and epistemic value of pictures, including scientific images; theories of art and its value; the ontology of art; computer art and new art forms; aesthetic value; and the history of aesthetics in Europe and Asia.

His most recent books are a collection of his essays on methodological themes, Aesthetics on the Edge: Where Philosophy Meets the Human Sciences, a book on Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value, and Les Arts et les images: Dialogues avec Dominic McIver Lopes. Many of his books and essays have been or are being translated into Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. Lopes is now at work on a book on Aesthetic Injustice: A Cosmopolitan Theory and an editions of Bernard Bolzano's essays on beauty and the fine arts. He is also co-authoring Aesthetic Life and Why It Matters with Bence Nanay and Nick Riggle, to be published by OUP this year, and The Geography of Taste with Samantha Matherne, Mohan Matthen, and Bence Nanay, which will be published by OUP in 2022.

Lopes is chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association, past president of the Canadian Philosophical Association and the American Society for Aesthetics, a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics, Cognitive Semiotics, and Imaginations.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has been a Canada Council Killam Research Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the National Humanities Center, Distinguished Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and Leverhulme Visiting Research Professor at the University of Warwick. He has won two teaching awards, a Philosophical Quarterly essay prize, a Canadian Philosophy Association essay prize, the American Society for Aesthetics Outstanding Monograph Prize, the Killam Research Prize, and the APA's Quinn Prize, given for "service to philosophy and philosophers".


Vienna Summer School on Representation in Art and Science, University of Vienna, postponed to July 2022
Co-Directed with Chiara Ambrosio and Catherine Elgin


TBA, Walter C. Murray Lecture, University of Saskatchewan, March 11, 2022

Means, Media, and Metadata, American Society for Aesthetics, Montréal, November 18, 2021

TBA, Kennedy Lecture, Queen’s University, September 23, 2021

Putting Our Heads Together, with Christine Tappolet, Presidential Address, Canadian Philosophical Association, May 31, 2021

Aesthetics for Activists, Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald, May 20, 2021

Two Dogmas of Aesthetic Empiricism, Invited Symposium on Agency and Aesthetics, Society for the Philosophy of Agency, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, San Francisco, April 1–6, 2021

Aesthetic Injustice, Mark Sainsbury Lecture, King’s College London, March 16, 2021

Aesthetic Injustice, Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago, March 15, 2021

Aesthetic Injustice: A Framework, Wiener Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie and Allgemeinen Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie, Vienna, February 19–20, 2021


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