Philosophy at St Andrews

Berys Gaut

Professor of Philosophy

Berys Gaut

Phone: (01334) 462490

Office: Edgecliffe 211

Email: bng@st-andrews.ac.uk

Aesthetics, Philosophy of Film, Creativity, Ethics

Profile

His research interests include: aesthetics, especially its relation to ethics; philosophy of film and film theory; the philosophy of creativity; and moral theory.

He is President of the British Society of Aesthetics and an Editorial Consultant to The British Journal of Aesthetics. He has held several research awards, including most recently a two-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.

He the author of two monographs, Art, Emotion and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2007) and A Philosophy of Cinematic Art (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is currently working on a new monograph, Exploring Creativity: A Philosophical Inquiry.

See also the PURE research profile.

Academic qualifications

B.A. Oxford University; M.A. and PhD Princeton University.

Selected publications

Monographs

  • Art, Emotion and Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • A Philosophy of Cinematic Art, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Education book

  • Philosophy for Young Children: A Practical Guide, Routledge, 2011. Co-authored with Morag Gaut.

Edited books 

  • Ethics and Practical Reason, co-edited with Garrett Cullity, Oxford University Press,1997.
  • The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, co-edited with Dominic McIver Lopes, Routledge, 2001. Second edition, 2005. Third edition, 2013.
  • The Creation of Art: New Essays in Philosophical Aesthetics, co-edited with Paisley Livingston, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Articles 

  • "Interpreting the Arts: the Patchwork Theory", The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 51 (4), 1993, pp. 597-609.
  • "The Paradox of Horror", The British Journal of Aesthetics, 33 (4), 1993, pp. 333-345. Reprinted in: Alex Neill and Aaron Ridley (eds.), Arguing about Art, 2nd. ed., Routledge, 2003.
  • Moral Pluralism", Philosophical Papers, 22 (1), 1993, pp. 17-40.
  • "On Cinema and Perversion", Film and Philosophy, 1, 1994, pp. 3-17.
  • "Rawls and the Claims of Liberal Legitimacy", Philosophical Papers, 24 (1), 1995, pp. 1-22.
  • "The Enjoyment Theory of Horror: A Response to Carroll", The British Journal of Aesthetics, 35 (3), 1995, pp. 284-9.
  • "Making Sense of Films: Neoformalism and its Limits", Forum for Modern Language Studies, 31 (1), 1995, pp. 8-23.
  • "Ethics and Practical Reason: A Conference Report", Journal of Value Inquiry, 30, 1996, pp. 573-7, co-authored with Garrett Cullity.
  • "Metaphor and the Understanding of Art", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 1996-7, pp. 223-4.
  • "Analytic Philosophy of Film: History, Issues, Prospects", Philosophical Books, 38 (3) (July 1997), pp. 145-56.
  • "Film Authorship and Collaboration", in Richard Allen and Murray Smith (eds.), Film Theory and Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 149-72.
  • "The Structure of Practical Reason" in Garrett Cullity and Berys Gaut (eds.), Ethics and Practical Reason, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 161-88.
  • "Introduction", co-authored with Garrett Cullity, Ethics and Practical Reason, eds. Garrett Cullity and Berys Gaut, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 1-27.
  • "The Ethical Criticism of Art", Aesthetics and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection, ed. Jerrold Levinson, Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 182-203. Reprinted in: Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen (eds.), Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: The Analytic Tradition, Blackwell, 2004; and Eileen John and Dominic McIver Lopes (eds.), The Philosophy of Literature: Classic and Contemporary Readings, Blackwell, 2003.
  • "Just Joking: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humour", Philosophy and Literature, 22, 1998, pp. 51-68.
  • "Imagination, Interpretation and Film", Philosophical Studies, 89, 1998, pp. 331-41.
  • "Identification and Emotion in Narrative Film", in Carl Plantinga and Greg M. Smith (eds.), Passionate Views: Thinking about Film and Emotion, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999, pp. 200-16.
  • "The Derivation without the Gap: Rethinking Groundwork I", co-authored with Samuel Kerstein, Kantian Review, 3, 1999, pp. 18-40.
  • "Rag Bags, Disputes and Moral Pluralism", Utilitas, 11, 1999, pp. 37-48.
  • "'Art' as a Cluster Concept", in Theories of Art, Noël Carroll (ed.), University of Wisconsin Press, 2000, pp. 25-44.
  • "Art and Ethics", in Berys Gaut and Dominic McIver Lopes (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, Routledge, 2001, pp. 341-352; and second edition, pp. 431-444.
  • "Justifying Moral Pluralism" in Philip Stratton-Lake (ed.), Ethical Intuitionism: Re-evaluations, Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 137-160.
  • "Cinematic Art", Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 60, 2002, pp. 299-312.
  • "Art and Knowledge" in Jerrold Levinson (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics, Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 436-450.
  • "Film" in Jerrold Levinson (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics, Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 627-643.
  • "The Creation of Art: Issues and Perspectives", co-authored with Paisley Livingston, in Berys Gaut and Paisley Livingston (eds.), The Creation of Art: New Essays in Philosophical Aesthetics, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 1-32.
  • "Creativity and Imagination" in Berys Gaut and Paisley Livingston (eds.), The Creation of Art: New Essays in Philosophical Aesthetics, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 148-73.
  • "Reasons, Emotions and Fictions" in Matthew Kieran and Dominic McIver Lopes (eds.), Imagination, Philosophy and the Arts, Routledge, 2003, pp. 15-34.
  • "Naked Film: Dogma and its Limits" in Mette Hjort and Scott MacKenzie (eds.), Purity and Provocation: Dogma 95, British Film Institute, 2003, pp. 89-101.
  • "Philosophy of the Movies: Cinematic Narration" in Peter Kivy (ed.), Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics, Blackwell, 2004, pp. 230-53.
  • "Active Aestheticians", American Society for Aesthetics Newsletter, 24, Summer 2004, pp. 1-2.
  • "The Cluster Account of Art Defended", British Journal of Aesthetics, 45, 2005, pp. 273-88.
  • "Film and Language", Media Education Journal, 38, 2005-6, pp. 19-20.
  • "Art and Cognition" in Matthew Kieran (ed.), Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Blackwell, 2006, pp. 115-26.
  • "Opaque Pictures", Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 62, 2008, pp. 381-96.
  • "Creativity and Skill" in Michael Krausz, Denis Dutton and Karen Bardsley (eds.), The Idea of Creativity, Brill, 2009, pp. 83-103.
  • "Digital Cinema" in Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, Routledge, 2009, pp. 75-85.
  • "Creativity" in Stephen Davies, Kathleen Higgins, Robert Hopkins, Robert Stecker and David Cooper (eds), A Companion to Aesthetics, 2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, pp. 207-10.
  • "Morality and Art" in Stephen Davies, Kathleen Higgins, Robert Hopkins, Robert Stecker and David Cooper (eds), A Companion to Aesthetics, 2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, pp. 428-31.
  • "Computer Art", American Society for Aesthetics Newsletter, 29(3), 2009, pp. 1-4; and American Philosophical Association Newsletters: Philosophy and Computers, 9(2), 2010, pp. 32-5.
  • "Nehamas on Beauty and Love", British Journal of Aesthetics, 50(2), 2010, pp. 199-204.
  • "Empathy and Identification in Cinema", Midwest Studies in Philosophy 34, 2010, pp. 136-57.
  • "The Philosophy of Creativity", Philosophy Compass 5 (12), 2010, pp. 1034-46.
  • "Film and Language" in Patrick Hogan (ed.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 310-11.
  • "Telling Stories: Narration, Emotion, and Insight in Memento" in Noel Carroll and John Gibson (eds), Narrative, Emotion, and Insight, Penn State University Press, 2011, pp. 23-44.
  • "A Philosophy of Cinematic Art--The Big Picture" and "Replies to Ponech, Curran, and Allen", British Journal of Aesthetics, 52 (2), 2012, pp. 183-6 and 201-8.
  • "Creativity and Rationality", Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 70 (3) 2012, pp. 259-70.
  • "Teaching Philosophy to Young Children" in Sara Goering, Nicholas J. Shudak and Thomas E. Wartenberg (eds.), Philosophy in Schools: An Introduction for Philosophers and Teachers, Routledge, 2013, pp. 132-40; co-authored with Morag Gaut.
  • "Mixed Motivations: Creativity as a Virtue", Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art: Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, 75, 2014, pp. 183-202.
  • "Educating for Creativity" in Elliot Samuel Paul and Scott Barry Kaufman (eds.), The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 265-87.
  • "Creativity", "The Intentional Fallacy", "Fiction and Non-fiction", "Depiction" and "Consequentialism", entries in Robert Audi (ed)., The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • "Elegy in L.A.: Blade Runner, Empathy and Death" in Amy Coplan and David Davies (eds.), Blade Runner, Routledge, 2015, pp. 31-45.
  • "What is the Relation Between the Art and Technology of Film? - I" in Katherine Thomson-Jones (ed.), Current Controversies in the Philosophy of Film, Routledge, forthcoming.

Book Reviews and Interview

  • Review of Mimesis as Make-Believe, by Kendall Walton, Journal of Value Inquiry, 26, 1992, pp. 297-300.
  • Review of Film and Phenomenology, by Allan Casebier, Film Quarterly, 47, 1993, pp. 47-9.
  • Review of Truth, Fiction and Literature, by Peter Lamarque and Stein Olsen, The Philosophical Review, 105, 1996, pp. 84-6.
  • Review of Philosophy and Film, eds. Cynthia A. Freeland and Thomas E. Wartenberg, Philosophical Books, 38, 1997, pp. 69-71.
  • Review of Engaging Characters, by Murray Smith, The British Journal of Aesthetics, 37, 1997, pp. 96-7.
  • Review of Theorizing the Moving Image, by Noël Carroll, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 1998, pp. 86-8.
  • Review of Image and Mind, by Gregory Currie, The Philosophical Review, 107, 1998, pp. 138-40.
  • Review of Merit, Aesthetic and Ethical, by Marcia Muelder Eaton, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 60, 2002, pp. 280-282.
  • Review of New Directions in Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, eds. Paul Locher, Colin Martindale, Leonid Dorfman, British Journal of Aesthetics, 47, 2007, pp. 99-100.
  • Review of Creativity and Art: Three Roads to Surprise, by Margaret Boden, British Journal of Aesthetics, 52 (1), 2012, pp. 116-9.
  • "Creativity, Ethics and Education: An Interview with Berys Gaut", by Christopher Woerner, Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics, 10(1), 2013, pp. 2-17.

Research students

I am currently supervising Clotilde Torregrossa, James Ursell, Ashley Watkins and Panagiotis Sotirios Paris.


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