University of Nottingham
University of Leeds



Taj Mahal, India

Project investigators


Greg Currie, Department of Philosophy, University of Nottingham

Greg Currie is an editor of Mind and Language. In 2007-8, he held a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship, working on ironic points of view in representational art.

Recent and current work concerns:

  • The Imagination: conceptual issues concerning the relation of imagination to belief and desire, to play and pretence, to fantasy and supposition; issues in cognitive scienceconcerning mental simulation, evolution, development and psychopathology.
  • Narrative: fictional and non fictional narratives and the nature of documentary; narrative and time; understanding narrative, the role of narrative in magical, religious and delusional thinking.
  • Symbolic Culture and the Origins of Art:In 2008-9 Greg Currie is on leave, supported by the University of Nottingham and the AHRC, working on a project on symbolic culture and the origins of art.

Matthew Kieran, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds

Matthew Kieran is author of Revealing Art (Routledge, 2005), editor of various collections in philosophical aesthetics and most recent work includes 'The Vice of Snobbery: Aesthetic Knowledge, Justification and Virtue in Art Appreciation', Philosophical Quarterly, forthcoming. He has been vice-president of the British Society of Aesthetics, past Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia and works with Tate Britain. More about Matthew Kieran.

Current work concerns include:

  • Aesthetic Epistemology: conceptual issues concerning the nature of aesthetic expertise, knowledge, justification and testimony; empirical issues concerning the formation of aesthetic judgements, rationalisations and situational factors.
  • Cognitive-Affective Values of Art: conceptual issues concerning inter-relations between the ways in which art works cultivate cognitive-affective capacities or understanding and links with artistic value; empirical issues concerning mechanisms that underlie such capacities.
  • Aesthetic Character: conceptual issues concerning the nature of particular aesthetic vices, virtues and the role of motivation; empirical issues concerning social, developmental and aesthetic psychology.

Aaron Meskin, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds

Aaron Meskin is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. Before moving to Leeds in 2005, he taught at Texas Tech University. He has published articles in The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, The British Journal of Aesthetics, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and numerous collections. More about Aaron Meskin.

His current interests include:

  • the cognitive imagination,
  • aesthetic language,
  • the ontology of the multiple arts, and
  • the philosophical issues raised by comics and graphic novels.

He is former editor of the aesthetics/philosophy of art section for the online journal Philosophy Compass, and he co-edited Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). He serves on the
Executive Committee of the British Society of Aesthetics and is on the Board of Trustees of the American Society for Aesthetics. He is Director of the Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds.