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; and aesthetic value, wherever it may be found.

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 have been or are being translated into Chinese, Farsi, French, Japanese, and Korean. Lopes is now at work on a book on Aesthetic Injustice: A Cosmopolitan Theory. He is also co-authoring Aesthetic Life and Why It Matters with Bence Nanay and Nick Riggle and The Geography of Taste with Samantha Matherne, Mohan Matthen, and Bence Nanay. Both books will be published by OUP.

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, July 2021
Co-Directed with Chiara Ambrosio and Angela Breitenbach

upcoming talks

Cosmopolitan Aesthetics, Manuel Davenport Lecture, American Society for Aesthetics Rocky Mountain Division, July 12–14, 2019

On the Question, How Should I Live, Aesthetically? Author-Meets-Critics: Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value, British Society of Aesthetics, Oxford, September 6–8, 2019

Replies to Hopkins, Soucek, and Zuckert, Author-Meets-Critics: Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value, American Society for Aesthetics, Phoenix, October 9–12, 2019

Aesthetic Injustice, Department of Philosophy, Boston University, November 22, 2019

Against Appreciation, Invited Symposium on Aesthetics and Reasons, American Philosophical Association Eastern Division, Philadelphia, January 10, 2020

Panel on Aesthetic Life and Why It Matters, American Society for Aesthetics Pacific Division, Berkeley, March 20-21, 2020

What Is an Aesthetic Act? Invited Symposium on Agency and Aesthetics, Society for the Philosophy of Agency, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, San Francisco, April 8–10, 2020

Outlier Aesthetics, Session in Memory of Anita Silvers, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, San Francisco, April 8-11, 2020

TBA, Conference on the Geography of Taste, University of Toronto, May 15-16, 2020

TBA, Presidential Address, Canadian Philosophical Association, London, 2020


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