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Dr Louise Hanson

BA KCL, BPhil DPhil Oxf, MA Middx


I teach a range of papers from the undergraduate syllabus. Currently Moral Philosophy for Mods/Prelims, and Ethics and Aesthetics, but my teaching interests span a broader range including logic, philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics.

I work on a variety of topics in metaethics and meta-aesthetics. I am interested in realism and related debates including: evaluative testimony, evolutionary debunking arguments, blame and blameworthiness, and the relationship between realism and naturalism. I am also interested in epistemic normativity, and issues in aesthetics including artistic value, morally bad art, and forgeries.

2019     Two Dogmas of the Artistic-Ethical Interaction Debate Canadian Journal of Philosophy

2018      Moral Realism, Aesthetic Realism, and the Asymmetry Claim. Ethics 129: 39–69.

2017      Artistic Value is Attributive Goodness. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 75(4): 415-427.

2017      The Real Problem with Evolutionary Debunking Arguments. Philosophical Quarterly 67(268): 508-33.

2015     Conceptual Art and the Acquaintance Principle. The Journal of Aesthetics and  Art Criticism 73 (3): pp. 247-258.

2013      The Reality of (Non-Aesthetic) Artistic Value. Philosophical Quarterly 63 (252): pp. 492-508.

2009      Is Concrete Poetry Literature? Midwest Studies in Philosophy 33(1) 2009: pp.78-106.


  • Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy
  • Associate Professor in Metaethics, Faculty of Philosophy


  • Philosophy