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October 28, 2016
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Leiter Rankings of Aesthetics Grad Programs

From Leiter Reports, the 2016-2017 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art grad program rankings. Group 1 (1-5) City University of New York Graduate Center New York University University of British Columbia University of St Andrews/University of Stirling Joint Program University of York Group 2 (6-10) Brown University Columbia University (incl. Barnard) University of Auckland University of Leeds University of Maryland, College Park Group 3 (11-17) Birkbeck College, University of London McGill University Princeton University Stanford University University of Manchester University of Texas, Austin University of Warwick (Note:   Michigan was close to Group 3 [I think it was underrated in 2014, and should be at least in Group 2]; also take note of the programs not evaluated in 2014 but that were viewed as worth recommending by the Advisory Board”  Buffalo, Temple, Hull, Oklahoma & Southampton.  Stanford’s presence on the list is due primarily to a part-time visiting appointment of the distinguished philosopher of … Continue reading

March 30, 2016
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Recent ASA & JAAC News

JAAC Book Review Editor Recruitment  The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism invites applications for the position of Book Review Editor. The new editorial appointment begins February 1, 2018. The primary duty of the Book Review Editor is to commission book reviews for each of the quarterly issues of the Journal. The Journal publishes approximately 28-30 book reviews per year. The Book Review Editor has significant autonomy over the book review section of the Journal, selecting the books for review and then approving and editing the book reviews for each issue. The editor is expected to attend the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics in order to attend the Journal’s annual editorial board meeting. For more information, please follow this link.  Guide to Graduate Aesthetics in North America To Be Published Preparation of the fourth edition of the Guide to Graduate Aesthetics in North America is underway, with publication on-line on … Continue reading

July 4, 2013
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Aesthetics in the United Kingdom

[This post has been updated.] What follows is an assessment of the professional state of Aesthetics with respect to faculty research at Leiter-ranked Programs in the United Kingdom. I counted only permanent faculty and so excluded visiting, emeritus, as well as affiliated faculty. Finally, faculty were counted according to two conditions which I’ve explained below (AOS, Primary). The full program/faculty list can be found at the link provided. Again, please inform me of any omissions or mistakes, as I no doubt made a few.

July 1, 2013
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The Status of Aesthetics in the Leiter Top 50

What follows is an assessment of the professional status of Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art  in terms of the number of philosophy faculty at U.S. programs within the Leiter Top 50. At the end, I’ll make a few observations, but for the most part the numbers pretty much speak for themselves. My aim here is neither to offer some sort of de facto guide to graduate Aesthetics nor in any way to impugn the quality or availability of any program’s graduate instruction therein. Rather, my goal is simply to draw attention to the current state of Aesthetics with respect to faculty research at Leiter Top 50 U.S. Philosophy Programs.