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Department of Philosophy

Glenn Parsons

Title:

Associate Professor

Education:

BSc Hon. Biology (Acadia), 1994; BA Hon. English (Acadia), 1997; MSc Biochemistry; (University of Alberta), 1997 PhD Philosophy, (University of Alberta), 2001

Office:

JOR-436

Telephone:

416-979-5000 ext. 4202

Email Address:

g2parson@ryerson.ca

Research Interests:

Aesthetics; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Science
 
[Letter to Prospective Graduate Students]

Selected Publications & Presentations:

 
Books

 
The Philosophy of Design
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)
Functional Beauty
 (with Allen Carlson) (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Aesthetics & Nature (London: Continuum Press, 2008).

Invited Review Essays

 
“Design”, in the Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, 3rd edition, B. Gaut and D. Lopes, eds. (Routledge, 2013). 

“The Aesthetics of Chemical Biology”, Current Opinion in Chemical Biology 16 (2012): 576-580.

“Environmental Aesthetics”, Continuum Companion to Aesthetics, Anna Christina Ribeiro, ed. (Continuum Press, 2012).

“The Aesthetics of Nature”, Philosophy Compass 2 (2007). Available on-line at: www.blackwell-compass.com/subject/philosophy/

 

Journal Articles / Book Chapters

 
“Why Should we Save Nature’s Hidden Gems?” Journal of Applied Philosophy (in press).

“Distinguishing Intention and Function in Art Appreciation”, Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (2013): 153-154 (with Allen Carlson).

“Fact and Function in Architectural Criticism”, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (2011): 21-30.

“A Face Only a Mother Could Love: On Maternal Assessments of Infant Beauty”, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone: The Birth of Wisdom, Sheila Lintott, ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2011).

“Science, Nature, and Moore’s Syncretic Aesthetic”, Environmental Values 12 (2009): 351-356.
“Nature, Aesthetic Values and Urban Design: Building the Natural City”, in Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture, Pieter Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light and Steven Moore, eds. (Springer, 2008).
“The Aesthetic Value of Animals”, Environmental Ethics 27 (2007): 151-169.
“Theory, Observation, and the Role of Scientific Understanding in the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature”, Canadian Journal of Philosophy 36 (2006): 165-186.
“Freedom and Objectivity in the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature”, British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (2006): 17-37.
“New Formalism and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature”, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (2004): 363-376 (with Allen Carlson)
“Moderate Formalism as a Theory of the Aesthetic”, Journal of Aesthetic Education 38 (2004): 1-17.
“Platonism, Metaphor and Mathematics”, Dialogue 63 (2004): 47-66. (with James Robert Brown)
“Natural Functions and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Inorganic Nature”, British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (2004): 44-56.
“Nature Appreciation, Science and Positive Aesthetics”, British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (2002) 279-295 (Reprinted in Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty, Sheila Lintott and Allen Carlson (eds). (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008).

Videos:

VIDEO FROM RYERSON’S 7TH ANNUAL PHILOSOPHY SYMPOSIUM (MAY 14TH, 2014)