University Killam Professor

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

Dominic Lopes is University Killam 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.

Lopes's most recent books are an edition of Bernard Bolzano's Essays on Beauty and the Arts, published by Hackett, The Geography of Taste with Samantha Matherne, Mohan Matthen, and Bence Nanay, coming out in the new year, and Aesthetic Injustice, which will be published by Oxford University Press in the fall of 2024. His next project is a book entitled Pluralism and Its Discontents: Episodes in the History of Aesthetics.

Lopes is past chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association, past president of the Canadian Philosophical Association and the American Society for Aesthetics, associate editor of Ergo, and 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".

He was recently interviewed (in English) by Iran Daily and by Brandon Polite on his YouTube channel, Philosophers Discussing Art.


PHIL 100 (2023-24) Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 339 (2023) Philosophy of Art
PHIL 416 (2024) Topics in 19th-Century Philosophy


TBA, Nankai University, December 11, 2023
TBA, Peking University, December 13, 2023
TBA, Peking University, December 14, 2023
TBA, Peking University, December 15, 2023
TBA, Nanjing University, December 18, 2023
TBA, Nanjing University, December 19, 2023
TBA, Sichuan University, December 21, 2023
TBA, Sichuan University, December 22, 2023
Peter Kivy Address, American Society for Aesthetics Pacific Division, March 8-9, 2024


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