DOMINIC McIVER LOPES
Department of Philosophy
University of British Columbia
Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z1
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Dominic Lopes is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He works mainly in aesthetics and is a member of the UBC aesthetics group. His research focusses on pictorial representation and perception; the aesthetic and epistemic value of pictures, including scientific images; theories of art and its value; the ontology of art; and computer art and new art forms.
He is working on a book entitled Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value and a paper co-authored with Diarmuid Costello on the work of photographer James Welling, as well as papers on conceptual art, aesthetic disagreement, and methodology in the philosophy of art. Paloma Atencia-Linares recently interviewed him on the topic of "Pictures, Bytes and Values" for the Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics.
Lopes is President of the American Society for Aesthetics, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Cognitive Semiotics, and Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. Working with Berys Gaut he co-edits Wiley-Blackwell’s New Directions in Aesthetics book series.
He is a 2015–16 Guggenheim Fellow and in the past has been a fellow of the National Humanities Center, Distinguished Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and Leverhulme Visiting Research Professor in Aesthetics at the University of Warwick, in addition to holding visiting positions at Ritsumeikan University, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the University of Miami. He has won two Indiana University Teaching Excellence Awards, a Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize, the American Society for Aesthetics Outstanding Monograph Prize, and a Killam Research Prize.
All courses are available on UBC Connect
102 Introduction to Philosophy (Spring 2015)
591 Evaluative Perception (Spring 2015)
Keynote Address, More Than Pretty Pictures: The Aesthetics of Scientific and Artistic Data Representation, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, April 16–19, 2015
Four Arts of Photography (Oxford: Wiley, forthcoming)
Beyond Art (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) [amazon.com]
A Philosophy of Computer Art (London: Routledge, 2009) [book web site]Winner of the 2009 Outstanding Book Prize from the American Society for Aesthetics
Designated an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice (the American Library Association)
Understanding Pictures (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996). Reprinted as Comprendre les images: Une théorie de la représentation iconique, trans. Laure Blanc-Benon (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014) [abstract] [amazon.com]
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism Special Issue on The Media of Photography, ed. with Diarmuid Costello 70.1 (2012). Reprinted as The Media of Photography. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012 [Wiley]
Philosophical Studies. 127.1 (2006) [springer]
Feckless Reason, Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind, ed. Gregory Currie, Matthew Kieran, and Aaron Meskin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) [OUP]
Art and Perception, Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Perception, ed. Mohan Matthen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) [oxford handbooks]
Photography and the "Picturesque Agent," Critical Inquiry 38.4 (2012) 855-69 [jstor]
Aesthetic Theory and Aesthetic Science: Prospects for Integration, with Vincent Bergeron, Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience, ed. Steven Palmer and Arthur Shimamura (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) [abstract]
Aesthetic Acquaintance, The Modern Schoolman Special Issue on Varieties of Perception 86.2-3 (2009) 267-81
Objects of Appropriation, with Andrea Naomi Walsh, The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation, ed. James O. Young and Conrad Brunk (Oxford: Wiley, 2009) [amazon.com]
Hearing and Seeing Musical Expression, with Vincent Bergeron, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78 (2009) 1-16 [abstract]
Genre, with Brian Laetz, Routledge Companion to Film and Philosophy, ed. Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga (London: Routledge, 2008)
The Aesthetics of Photographic Transparency, Mind 112 (2003) 335-48. Reprinted in Philosophy of Film: An Anthology, ed. Noël Carroll and Jinhee Choi (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005) and also in reprinted in Arguing about Art, 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, 2007) [abstract] [oup]
Out of Sight, Out of Mind, in Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts, ed. Matthew Kieran and Dominic McIver Lopes (London: Routledge, 2003) [abstract]
Mimesis and Moral Vision, Soundings 83 (2000) 801-21 [abstract]