*If you’d like a copy of any of my work, please e-mail me lizscar [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.

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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)