Aesthetics concerns the philosophy of perception and responses to works of art and nature. Study of emotional responses to art connects aesthetics to epistemology and ethics, and questions about the status of cultural artifacts join aesthetics with metaphysics.
Aesthetics is a specialty of Carolyn Korsmeyer and an area of
research for several other faculty including Professors Kah-Kyung
Cho, Randall Dipert, Jorge Gracia and James Lawler. Professor
Gracia also holds an appointment in the Department of Comparative