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Keren Gorodeisky and Eric Marcus, both faculty in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts, will have their co-written paper, “Aesthetic Rationality,” published by The Journal of Philosophy in March.

The Journal of Philosophy publishes philosophical articles of current interest and encourages the interchange of ideas, especially the exploration of the borderline between philosophy and other disciplines. Founded in 1904 as The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, it has published under its present name without interruption since 1921. It is internationally respected as a leading publication in the field.

“I congratulate Keren and Eric. The fact that they are being published in the Journal of Philosophy is no small feat and highlights the critical significance of their work in the field of philosophy.” said Joseph Aistrup, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

In their paper, Gorodeisky and Marcus explore the nature of aesthetic evaluations. Specifically, they attempt to understand how such evaluations can be, on the one hand, a matter of how each person responds emotionally to an artwork and, on the other, a matter of the objective features of that work.

Gorodeisky is an associate professor and works on aesthetics, Kant, judgment, rationality, pleasure, value and Post-Kantian German philosophy. She is writing a book on the significance of Kant's notion of aesthetic judgment, focusing on this judgment's logical form and sui generis type of rationality. She is also developing an account of aesthetic rationality and aesthetic pleasure. Gorodeisky was the 2012-13 Phillip Quinn Felllow at the National Humanities Center.

Marcus, a professor, works chiefly in the philosophy of mind and action, but also has active research interests in epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics and the philosophy of language. He is the author of numerous articles and a book, Rational Causation. He is currently working on a second book, tentatively entitled Belief, Inference and the Self-Conscious Mind.