video interview

by Jim Andrews

Dominic Lopes is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He works mainly in aesthetics and is a member of UBC's aesthetics group. His research focusses on
  • pictorial representation
  • perception
  • the aesthetic and epistemic evaluation of pictures
  • theories of art, artistic value, and the ontology of art
  • computer art and new art forms
This year, he is working on a pair of papers (one co-authored with Vincent Bergeron) on scientific studies of aesthetic response and their implications for aesthetic theory. Starting in 2010, he will be writing a book provisionally entitled Beyond Art: Foundations of Appreciation, on theories of art, theories of the arts, and theories of value in the arts.

Lopes is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and co-edits Blackwell's New Directions in Aesthetics book series. He has served as a Trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics and as program chair of its annual and Pacific Division meetings; and he is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Aesthetics and is helping to organize the BSA's 2010 meeting. He was also program chair of the 2005 APA Pacific Division Meetings and is Secretary-Treasurer of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division. Lopes is past fellow of the National Humanities Center and an Associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. He holds Indiana University Teaching Excellence Awards and the 1997 Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize.


Read Jim Andrews's review of Dominic Lopes's book,
A Philosophy of Computer Art, in the present issue.