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  • Teaching Global Aesthetics” with Brandon Polite in the American Society for Aesthetics Newsletter, Volume 42, Number 2 (Summer 2022).

  • 2021 “What Makes Nature Beautiful?” in Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice. Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice is created by Andrew Broady, Elizabeth Burns Coleman, Pierre Fasula, Richard Hudson-Miles, Ines Kleesattel, Xiao Ouyang, Matteo Ravasio, Yuriko Saito, Elizabeth Scarbrough, Matthew Sharpe, Ruth Sonderegger, Valery Vino, and Alexander Westenberg; it is edited by Valery Vino and Christina Hendricks, and produced with support from the Rebus Community. The original is freely available under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license at

  • 2021 “Are Archaeological Parks the New Amusement Parks? UNESCO World Heritage Status and Tourism” in Anton Killin, Sean Allen-Hermanson (eds.) Explorations in Archaeology and Philosophy. Synthese Library (Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science), vol. 433. DOI:

  • 2020 “Dead Monuments” in The Philosopher’s Magazine Issue 91 (pre-pub draft here)

  • 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. (Pre-Publication Draft)

  • 2014  “Unimagined Beauty,Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 72, Issue 4 (Fall 2014), 445-449.

Book Reviews

  • 2019 Book review of Carolyn Korsmeyer, Things: In Touch With The Past (2019). British Journal of Aesthetics, Vol 59, Issue 4 (October 2019), 488-491.

  • 2019 Book review of Jennifer A. McMahon (ed.), Social Aesthetics and Moral Judgment: Pleasure, Reflection and Accountability. Abingdon, UK: Routledge (2018). Journal of Aesthetics and Artic Criticism, Vol. 77, Issue 3 (Fall 2019), 336-339.

Public Philosophy

  • “8 Experts Reveal Their Top 5 in the Decade’s Writing” Aesthetics for Birds, December 9, 2019

Polite Conversations with Brandon Polite interviews me about ruins.

Social Media Profiles

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)