Dr Louise Hanson
Dr Louise Hanson

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Louise did her undergraduate degree in philosophy at King’s College London, before an MA in Art Theory at Middlesex, followed by the Oxford BPhil and DPhil in Philosophy. She received her DPhil from Oxford in 2012. Her thesis was on conceptual art, how it differs from other art, and to what extent claims about its philosophical significance are well-founded. From 2011-2013 she held a Lecturership in Philosophy at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her research interests include conceptual art, the nature of artistic value, and the extent of analogies between aesthetics and metaethics. She is Director of Studies in Philosophy at Fitzwilliam and Churchill.

Recent Publications

'Artistic and Aesthetic Value', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 75th Anniversary Issue. Forthcoming 2016. 

'Conceptual Art and the Acquaintance Principle', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 73 (3) 2015: pp. 247-258.

‘The Reality of (Non-Aesthetic) Artistic Value’, Philosophical Quarterly 63 (252) 2013: pp. 492-508.

‘Meta-Aesthetics’, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd edn, 6 vols, ed. Michael Kelly (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

‘Aesthetics and Ethics’, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd edn, 6 vols, ed. Michael Kelly (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

‘Is Concrete Poetry Literature?’ Midwest Studies in Philosophy 33 (1) 2009: pp. 78-106.

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