About the Contributors

Chapter Authors

Andy Broadey is a Lecturer in Contemporary Art, History and Theory at University of Central Lancashire, where he co-curates the art space Hanover Project. In 2021 he curated the group exhibition Cosmotechnics (Cosmotechnics.net) and Jade Montserrat’s installation Learning in-and-within relation (after Édouard Glissant). In 2019, Andy presented a major solo exhibition at The Nehru Centre, London (2019). As a member of @.ac, Andy co-authored articles in Research in Education (Sage Publishing, 2019), Rethinking Marxism (Taylor & Francis, 2020) and Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research (University of Barcelona, 2021).

Elizabeth Burns Coleman is a philosopher who lectures in Communications and Media Studies at Monash University. She is author of Aboriginal Art, Identity and Appropriation (Sage 2005) and numerous articles and chapters on cross cultural aesthetics and cultural appropriation. Most recently she has written on social aesthetics and the relationship between aesthetics and etiquette.

Pierre Fasula is a Research Fellow at the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and is the author of L’homme du possible. Robert Musil et la question de la vie juste (Vrin, 2021) and Concepts de l’ordinaire (with Sandra Laugier, Editions de la Sorbonne, 2021). Co-organiser of the Seminar Wittgenstein at the University Paris 1 for almost 10 years, he is a specialist of Wittgenstein, philosophy of literature, and philosophy of emotions (particularly the nature and value of resentment). He also translated Hilary Putnam’s Ethics without Ontology and The Threefold Cord into French.

Richard Hudson-Miles is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yale’s Paul Mellon Centre for British Art. He will shortly be publishing an introduction to the thought of Jacques Rancière for the Routledge Critical Thinkers series, and has written various articles on the politics and philosophy of art education.

Ines Kleesattel is an art theorist and philosopher, teaching at Zurich University of the Arts. Her current research engages in situated aesthetics, relational critique, and artistic research in translocal and transtemporal entanglements.

Xiao Ouyang is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Peking University, China. He mainly works on comparative philosophy and is interested in various topics in aesthetics, ethics, and political philosophy. He has publications in journals such as Philosophy East and WestMonumenta Serica, Rivista di Estetic, and History of Chinese Philosophy. He also works on translations. Besides academic work, he devotes himself to Chinese classical arts, such as poetry, calligraphy, painting and literati music.

Matteo Ravasio is an Assistant Professor in Art Theory at Peking University’s School of Arts. He works on various issues in aesthetics and philosophy of art, with a focus on the philosophy of music.

Yuriko Saito is a Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the Rhode Island School of Design, USA, and editor of Contemporary Aesthetics, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal. Her research areas are everyday aesthetics, Japanese aesthetics, and environmental aesthetics. She has lectured widely on these subjects, both within the United States and globally, and her writings have been published as book chapters, journal articles, and encyclopedia entries. Her Everyday Aesthetics (2007) and Aesthetics of the Familiar: Everyday Life and World-Making (2017) were published by Oxford University Press. The latter was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Monograph Prize by the American Society for Aesthetics.

Elizabeth Scarbrough is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Florida International University. Her research has focused on the beauty of immovable cultural heritage (including ruins, monuments, and landscapes), and our ethical obligation to cultural heritage. Her interest in ruins has given rise to a related interest in the ethics of travel and tourism, an underdeveloped area of applied ethics. You can find her work in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Journal of Applied PhilosophyThe Philosophers’ Magazine, and more.

Matt Sharpe teaches philosophy at Deakin University. He is the author of The Other Enlightenment: Race, Sexuality and Self-Estrangement (in press, Rowman and Littlefield) and coauthor of Philosophy as a Way of Life: History, Dimensions, Directions (Bloomsbury, 2021).

Ruth Sonderegger is a Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. She completed her PhD in Philosophy (1998) at the Free University Berlin, and from 2001 to 2009 she taught at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam. Since 2004 she has been a member of the editorial board of Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy. Currently, she researches the history of aesthetics as a philosophical discipline and its entanglements with the history of colonial capitalism as well as theories and practices of critique.

Alexander Westenberg completed studies in Classics, Philosophy, History, and Literature, including Honours in Philosophy of Language. His PhD examined the role of narrative fiction as a unique and important contributor to the discipline of philosophy, especially in its contribution to understanding as opposed to knowledge. He currently works as academic research officer to the Archbishop of Sydney, and teaches part-time at The University of Sydney Australia, the University of Notre Dame Australia, and the Australian Catholic University.

peer reviewers

Geoff Boucher is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. He is the author of number of books on historical materialism and continental philosophy, including Understanding Marxism (2012), Adorno Reframed (2012) and The Charmed Circle of Ideology (2008). His latest book is Habermas and Literature (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). He is also the author (with Matthew Sharpe) of Zizek and Politics (2010) and The Times Will Suit Them (2008).

Gene Flenady is a Lecturer in philosophy at Monash University, and believes philosophical education should be a transformative one. His research is primarily in German Idealism, G.W.F. Hegel in particular. He is interested in the potential of Hegelian metaphysics to help in diagnosing the ethical limitations of reductive forms of materialism and contemporary liberal capitalism.

Other contributors

Series editor

Christina Hendricks is a Professor of Teaching in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she often teaches Introduction to Philosophy courses. She is also the Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (2018-2023). Christina has been an open education researcher and advocate for a number of years, having been a BCcampus Open Textbook Fellow, an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, the Creative Commons Canada representative to the CC Global Network, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Legal Information Institute.

Copy editing and formatting

Chris Hubbard (copy editor) works part-time in social media and community relations and is an HR intern. He recently completed a Master’s in English at Ohio Dominican University and studied philosophy and psychology as an undergraduate. Some of his philosophical interests include ethics, metaphysics, and aesthetics.

Toby Steiner (formatting in Pressbooks) currently works as project manager of the Community-led Open Publishing Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project by day, and, together with Kim Akass, is co-editor of the Criticial Studies in Television blog by night. If he can find the time, he also volunteers his time to support open projects such as this one. With a background in Cultural Media Studies and an MA in Television Studies from Birkbeck, University of London, over the past ten years Toby has worked with a wide variety of open education, open access and open source projects and initiatives in Higher Education.

Book cover

Jonathan Lashley (cover designer) worked in the visual design industry before pursuing his career in education full-time. When he isn’t supporting open, online, and technology-enhanced learning at public institutions across the United States, he enjoys lending his creative skills to projects like this one.

Heather Salazar (cover artwork) is an artist and professor of philosophy. She specialises in figurative charcoals and monotypes, as well as vivid oil paintings of landscapes and objects of meditation. Salazar’s art is deeply impacted by her philosophical research in metaethics, philosophy of mind and East-West comparative philosophy. Her art graces the covers of philosophy books such as The Philosophy of Spirituality (Brill, 2018) and Introduction to Philosophy of Mind (Rebus, 2019).

Contributors to the photograph in the introduction

Soretti Kadir is an Oromo storyteller, facilitator and activist. She has authored two books of poetry and released multimedia work independently and collaboratively. Soretti is concerned with matters of truth and justice, and she strives to reflect this in her work.

Tamara Leacock is a designer and stylist who works with recycled materials, artisan techniques, and Afro-futurist aesthetics. As a designer, she integrates natural and recycled materials into shapes that are androgynous, often free size, and a fluid exploration of natural colour and mood. Originally from Lenapehoking (New York), Tamara has since relocated to Narrm (Melbourne) to launch her label in connection with the lands she now calls home.

David Pattinson is a self-taught photographer working mainly in portraiture and fashion. He is known for his work produced as part of the Art Comes First collective.

Many more

We would also like to acknowledge the many philosophy students, faculty and researchers who have contributed to the project by providing comments along the way, such as discussions on the Rebus Community platform when we were originally envisioning the series and what topics should be included, as well as giving feedback on drafts of chapter outlines for books. There have been many very helpful contributions from too many people to list here, and the books would not have come together without them.


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Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice Copyright © 2021 by Yuriko Saito; Ruth Sonderegger; Ines Kleesattel; Elizabeth Burns Coleman; Elizabeth Scarbrough; Matteo Ravasio; Xiao Ouyang; Richard Hudson-Miles; Andrew Broadey; Pierre Fasula; Alexander Westenberg; Matthew Sharpe; Valery Vino (Book Editor); and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.