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, now available open access from Oxford University Press, and Aesthetic Injustice, which will be published by Oxford University Press in October. 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 220 (2025) Symbolic Logic
PHIL 339 (2025) Philosophy of Art
PHIL 530 (2025) Seminar on Value Pluralism


British Society of Aesthetics, Oxford, September 6–8, 2024
Department of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague, September 12, 2024
American Society for Aesthetics, Chicago, October 6, 2024
Department of Philosophy, Ohio State University, October 30, 2024
Department of Philosophy, Oberlin College, November 1, 2024
UFRJ and PUC (Rio de Janeiro), UFMG Belo Horizonte, UFSC Florianópolis, UFPE Recife / Natal, and UFRGS Porto Alegre, TBA December 2024


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