- 2018 “Ruminations of Ruination” The 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)
- Scarbrough, Elizabeth, “War and Ruins,” Philosopher (politicalphilosopher.net), March 2017, politicalphilosopher.net/2017/03/24/featured-philosopher-elizabeth-scarbrough/
- Scarbrough, Elizabeth, “Five Questions with Dr. Elizabeth Scarbrough | Film Studies Certificate Program,” FIU Film Studies, April 2017
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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)