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The Aesthetic Appreciation of Ruins
It is the goal of my dissertation to explain our peculiar aesthetic fascination with architectural ruins and to show why ruins are worthy of our time and aesthetic appreciation. I propose a model of aesthetic appreciation specific to ruins, one that not only presents a methodology of interpreting and evaluating ruins, but ...
Seduced Into Caring: Virtue and the Life of the Reader
Can reading novels and watching films make you a morally better person? In my dissertation I argue that living a life in which the experience of fictional narrative artworks occupies a significant role--what I call the life of the reader--can contribute to the cultivation of virtue. I begin by presenting what I take to be a ...