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Associate Professor (Teaching) of Philosophy
BioI did my undergraduate work at Amherst and went on to graduate school at Princeton. Since then I've taught at Harvard, UCLA, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Michigan, Berkeley, and Stanford. I resumed my graduate career a little while back -- from a distance, as it were -- receiving the PhD in 2005.
I'm married to another philosopher, Krista Lawlor.
My interests continue to center in aesthetics, but they have spilled over into pretty much every branch of philosophy at one time or another.
Wittgenstein, Culture and Value, 34: Im Rennen der Philosophie gewinnt, wer am langsamsten laufen kann. Oder: der, der das Ziel zuletzt erreicht. (In philosophy the race is to the one who can run slowest — the one who crosses the finish line last.) I'm not sure I believe this, but it's a comforting thing to read.
BioMy research revolves around the value of literature and has appeared in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and British Journal of Aesthetics. It has also won the BSA Essay Prize and been featured on Aesthetics for Birds, a blog that makes philosophy of art accessible to everyone. And I have presented at numerous national and international conferences, including meetings of the American Society for Aesthetics, British Society of Aesthetics, and European Society for Aesthetics.
Associate Professor of Philosophy and, by courtesy, of German Studies
BioI received my B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 1990. I then went to the Department of Philosophy at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I completed a Ph.D. there in 1999. I also spent the academic year of 1998-99 at Universität Bielefeld in Germany. I have been teaching at Stanford since 2000.