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  • 2019 “The Ruins of War” in Jeanette Bicknell, Jennifer Judkins, and Carolyn Korsmeyer (eds.) Philosophical Perspectives on Ruins, Monuments, and Memorials. New York: Routledge, 2019: 228-240.
  • 2019 Book review of Carolyn Korsmeyer, Things: In Touch With The Past (2019). British Journal of Aesthetics (forthcoming)
  • 2019 Book review of Jennifer A. McMahon (ed.), Social Aesthetics and Moral Jodgment: Pleasure, Reflection and Accountability. Abingdon, UK: Routledge (2018). Journal of Aesthetics and Artic Criticism, Vol. 77, Issue 3 (Fall 2019), 336-339.
  • 2018     “Ruminations of RuinationThe Philosophers’ Magazine Issue 81, 2nd Quarter (2018)
  • 2016     “Visiting the Ruins of Detroit: Cultural Tourism or Poverty Tour?The Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 34, Issue 3 (2016).
  • 2015     “Authenticity in Ruins: Art Restoration, Architecture, and Beautiful Decay,” ARCADE Magazine, Authenticity: Navigating the Real in Cities, Design and Art, Issue 33.2 (Fall 2015).
  • 2014  “Unimagined Beauty,Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 72, Issue 4 (Fall 2014), 445-449.
  • 2014     Book review of Peg Zeglin Brand (ed.), Beauty Unlimited, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2013. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (http://hypatiaphilosophy.org/HRO/reviews/content/194)

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I love above all the sight of vegetation resting upon

old ruins; this embrace of nature, coming swiftly

to bury the work of man the moment

his hand is no longer there to defend it,

fills me with deep and ample joy.

(Gustave Flaubert, letter to a friend, 1846)

Detroiters hate what they call “ruin porn.” And it’s understandable the unease and even anger that must come with seeing tourists, gawkers, (and television crews) come to your city to pose giddily in front of abandoned factories, public buildings, the symbols of former empire.

(Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown)