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Makintosh Stained Glass Window; Wikimedia Commons

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 Literature.