Dr Aaron  Meskin

Dr Aaron Meskin

Associate Professor

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Summary: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art; Philosophical Psychology; Philosophy of Film; Philosophy of Literature.

Aaron Meskin joined Philosophy at Leeds in 2005. Before his move to Leeds, Dr Meskin taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

His current interests include experimental aesthetics, the semantics of aesthetic adjectives, the philosophy of food, and the aesthetic issues raised by comics and graphic novels.

He is former Treasurer and Officer of the British Society of Aesthetics and a former Trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics. From 2009-2013 he was co-investigator on the AHRC project "Method in philosophical aesthetics: the challenge from the sciences."

Research Interests

  • Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, including Experimental Aesthetics and Popular Art
  • Philosophical Psychology, especially The Imagination
  • Philosophy of Film
  • Philosophy of Food
  • Philosophy of Literature

Research Supervision

I am happy to offer PhD supervision in any of the above research areas.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • 'Mere Exposure to Bad Art,' (with Mark Phelan, Margaret Moore and Matthew Kieran), British Journal of Aesthetics 2013, 53(2): 1-25.
  • 'Imagination Unblocked,' (with Jonathan Weinberg) in The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology, ed. Elisabeth Schellekens and Peter Goldie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011: 239-253.
  • 'Defining Comics?' Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 65, 2007: pp. 369-379. [A shortened version appears in Aesthetics: A Reader in Philosophy of the Arts, ed. David Goldblatt and Lee Brown, third edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2011.]
  • 'An Objective Counterfactual Theory of Information,' (with Jonathan Cohen), Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 84 (3), 2006: pp. 333-352.
  • 'Aesthetic Testimony: What Can We Learn From Others About Beauty and Art?' Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 69 (1), 2004: pp. 65-91.
  • 'On the Epistemic Value of Photographs,' (with Jonathan Cohen), Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 62 (2), 2004: pp. 197-210.

Edited Volume

The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach (co-edited with Roy T Cook). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

On the whole, The Art of Comics is an excellent book, and will no doubt be the starting point for interested analytic philosophers for years to come...The book is also a real success at shedding new light on many long-standing problems in aesthetics. On top of its other achievements, Meskin and Cook's anthology establishes beyond any doubt that comics merit philosophical study as much as they do carefree enjoyment. (Brandon Cooke, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

I found this volume to be extremely rewarding (both qua philosopher and qua comic lover), the essays by the two editors and Abell’s paper on genre being particular highlights... considered as a whole, The Art of Comics is an excellent collection and one which is likely to provoke spirited debate and serve as a spur to further research within Anglo-American philosophy (and philosophy more generally) into this sadly neglected art form. I, for one, look forward to these future developments immensely. To quote one of the greats in the history of comics—excelsior! (Jon Robson, British Journal of Aesthetics)

To read an interview with Aaron about this book go to the publisher's website.

See Aaron's personal page for full publication information. 

Research Students

Carl Baker, 'The Role of Disagreement in the Debate Over Aesthetic Relativism' (2008-2012; co-supervised with Matthew Kieran)

Istvan Danka, 'Teaching Philosophy Online' (2011-2013; co-supervised with Jason Turner)

Levno Plato, 'The Significance of Aesthetics in Ethics' (2009-; co-supervised with Matthew Kieran)