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Sandra Shapshay
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Columbia University

Research interests:

  • Aesthetics (especially environmental aesthetics and public art)
  • History of late 18th-19th c. Philosophy (especially Kant and Schopenhauer)
  • History of ethics

Current projects include:

  • An Aesthetics of Monuments and Memorials
  • Reconstructing Schopenhauer’s Aesthetics
  • The Oxford Critical Guide to ‘The World as Will and Representation’

Graduate courses:

  • Aesthetics and Nature
  • Kant’s 3rd Critique and its legacy
  • Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
  • Art and Morality
  • 19th c. Continental Philosophy Survey

Representative Publications:

  • “What is the Monumental?” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, May 2021
  • “A Two-Tiered Theory of the Sublime” British Journal of Aesthetics, Feb. 2021 DOI: 10.1093/aesthj/ayaa047
  • Reconstructing Schopenhauer’s Ethics: Hope, Compassion, and Animal Welfare, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press (January 2019) 248 pages.
  • Guest editor with Levi Tenen of a Special Issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, “The Good, the Beautiful and the Green: Environmental Aesthetics and Ethics” (volume 76, 4, fall 2018) pp. 391-7.
  • “Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Neglect of the Sublime” British Journal of Aesthetics 53:2, April 2013, pp. 181-198.
  • “The Problem and the Promise of the Sublime” in Suffering Art Gladly ed. Jerrold Levinson (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013). pp. 84-107.  
  • “Schopenhauer’s Transformation of the Kantian Sublime” Kantian Review 17:3, 2012, pp. 479-511.
  • “The Problem with the Problem of Tragedy: Schopenhauer’s Solution Revisited” British Journal of Aesthetics 52: 2012, pp. 17-32.
  • “Did Schopenhauer Neglect the ‘Neglected Alternative’ Objection?” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 93: 3, 2011, pp. 321–348.  
  • “Poetic Intuition and the Bounds of Sense: Metaphor and Metonymy in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy” European Journal of Philosophy 16 (2), special issue on Schopenhauer, ed. Christopher Janaway and Alex Neill, August 2008, pp. 211-229.