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1st Annual AFB Awards (The Ornies)


Aesthetics for Birds is proud to present…

The 1st Annual AFB Awards (The Ornies)

Duchamp's Fountain with an oversized red thumbtack inserted into it through post-production
Behold! The Ornie


  • Nominees were limited to Guest Posts and Interviews published in Aesthetics for Birds’ 1st year of operation (07/2013-07/2014) and where needed further narrowed based on total number of pageviews and comments received.
  • A panel of 7 judges reviewed all nominees then rank ordered their preferences in each category with the AFB Award going to the nominee with the greatest weighted average.
  • Winners will have their Ornie mailed to them in the form of a 3″x4″ sticker. Yes, that’s right, the Ornie is a sticker this year.


Nominees for Outstanding Guest Post:

“Seven Puzzles About Pictorial Content” by Gabriel Greenberg

“Wonder Works: Renovating Romanticism About Art” by Jesse Prinz

“Thoughts on the Philosophy of Dance” by Aili Bresnahan

“The Philosophical Importance of Aesthetics” by Anna Christina Ribeiro

“A Very Practical Defence of Aesthetic Value” by Simon Fokt

“The Aesthetic Appreciation of Natural Disasters” by Helen de Cruz

“What Artworks Hide From Us” by Zee Perry

“Paying (Aesthetic) Attention” by Bence Nanay

And The Ornie Goes to…

The Ornie

Anna Christina Ribeiro,
“The Philosophical Importance of Aesthetics”


Acceptance Speech: “I am honored to accept the first Ornie award for Outstanding Guest post and I thank Christy and the judges. Even more so I am glad that the topic of the post is getting the attention it deserves. I hope this will translate into more philosophy departments recognizing that the pervasiveness of the aesthetic in our lives should be reflected in the composition of their faculty.”—Anna Christina Ribeiro


Nominees for Outstanding Artist Interview:

Interview with Matthew Kadane

Interview with The Sucklord

Interview with Tesco Vee

Interview with David Orr

Interview with Curtis Gannon

Interview with Kyle Killen

And The Ornie Goes to…

The Ornie

The Sucklord 


Acceptance Speech: “Oh boy, Great. A fucking sticker. Where’s the free food and booze?”—The Sucklord


Nominees for Outstanding Philosopher Interview:

Interview with Troy Jollimore

Interview with Roy T. Cook

Interview with Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins

Interview with Keith Lehrer

And The Ornie Goes to…

The Ornie

Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins


Acceptance Speech: “We are the 21st Century Monads and we will inevitably proceed to victory.”—Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins


That concludes the 1st Annual AFB Awards. Congrats to the winners and thanks to the judges and everyone who helped make Aesthetics for Birds a truly fantastic place for Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics–honorary Ornies to you all!!!*

*Cash value of Honorary Ornie = 1/100th of an honorary cent.

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