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Prof Alison Denham

Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy,
St Anne's College
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Philosophy

St Anne's College

Research Interests

Moral Epistemology and Moral Psychology, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, German Philosophy

Alison Denham


Metaphor and Moral Experience: an essay in the psychology of value , OUP, 2000 (topic: epistemological issues in ethics and literary aesthetics)

Plato on Art and Beauty: Classic and Contemporary Readings (as contributing editor) Palgrave MacMillan, London 2011 

Some recent papers

‘Beyond Imagining: Affect, Empathy & Mimesis’, in Affect: Origins, Developments and Applications, in A. Houen (ed.), Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017

'Empathy and Moral Motivation', in H. Maibom (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy, forthcoming 2017 

‘Attuned to the Good: Murdoch on empathy and moral motivation’, in G. Brown (ed.), Iris Murdoch onTruth & Love, Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2017

'Fragments of Agency: dissociative identity disorder and moral responsibility', with F. Worrell in  D. Mosely and G. Gala (eds.),  Philosophy and Psychiatry, Routledge, forthcoming 2015

'Tragedy Without the Gods:autonomy, necessity and the real self',  British Journal of Aesthetics, 2014 

‘When the Feeling is Gone: motivational deficits in musical and moral experience’ in Music & Morality, ed. G. Damaan, Oxford University Press, forthcoming

‘Celan's Psalm: Poetry and Ethical Transfiguration’, in  J. Gibson (ed.), Philosophy & Poetry, Oxford University Press, 2013

‘Identity, Agency & Tragedy in Mulholland Drive’, in The Philosophy of Film: David Lynch’, ed. Z. Gianoppolous, Routledge Keegan Paul, 2013

‘The Beauty of Necessity: Schopenhauer & Nietzsche on Aesthetic Transfiguration’, in D. Came (ed.) Nietzsche on Art & Life, Oxford University Press, 2013 

‘Plato on Art & Beauty’, Editor’s Introductionto Plato on Art & Beauty, Palgrave MacMillan, 2011

‘Psychopathy, Empathy & Moral Motivation’, in J.Broakes (ed.), Iris Murdoch, Philosopher, Oxford University Press, 2011

'The Future of Tonality', British Journal of Aesthetics, 2009

‘Varieties of Explanation: a Memoir of Patrick Gardiner’, Proceedings of the British Academy, 2007

‘Psychopathy and the Genesis of Basic Moral Judgments’, website publication, 2006

‘Envisaging the Good: Iris Murdoch’s Psychology of Value’ in Modern Fiction Studies: Special Issue on Iris Murdoch, Autumn, 2002 

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