I am interested in a wide range of topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, particularly as they intersect with other areas of philosophy, such as ethics, metaethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of science, or with cognitive science and psychology.
My current research focuses on explanation in aesthetics:
When an artwork is artistically valuable, it is so for certain reasons. That is, it is not a brute fact that it has its artistic value. Rather, a work has its artistic value in virtue of its other features, which explain the work’s artistic value. For instance, the artistic value of Brancusi's sculpture Bird in Space is partly explained by its elegance, which in turn is explained by other features, such as its shape. But in exactly what sense is the work’s artistic value explained by its elegance and shape? What is the relationship between its artistic value and elegance, or between its elegance and shape, such that the work possesses the former partly in virtue of the latter? My current research project aims to answer these questions by providing an account of artistic explanation (i.e., the explanation of a work’s artistic value by its other features).