EMINE HANDE TUNA

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the supervision of Paul Guyer in Philosophy at Brown University. My research is funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I completed my doctoral studies in Philosophy at the University of Alberta in 2016 under the supervision of Alexander Rueger. I work primarily on Kant’s philosophy and what interest me most about it is its relevance for today. In my dissertation, A Kantian Theory of Art Criticism, I argue that Kant’s aesthetic theory yields a fruitful theory of art criticism and that this theory presents a viable alternative both to the existing theories of his time and to contemporary theories today. I have been publishing parts of my dissertation as a series of articles, herehere, and here. I have received three essay prizes for my articles, including the John Fisher Memorial Prize in Aesthetics. For further information, you can have a look at my CVPhil Papers Profile
, or Academia.edu Profile. I also post information on recent and upcoming talks, publications, and events here.

I am currently working on two book projects: one based on my dissertation and one based on my postdoctoral project. In my postdoctoral project, my objective is to develop a better understanding of the bearing of ethical and aesthetic evaluations of artworks on one another through an examination of historical and contemporary approaches to the phenomenon of imaginative resistance, i.e. the inability or unwillingness to engage with the particular imaginative activities prompted by works of fiction. As with any new and rapidly growing area of research, there has been much disagreement and confusion among scholars as to the precise nature of the phenomenon. My aim is to provide an historical investigation of the phenomenon (particularly by focusing on Kant’s and Hume’s accounts) to clarify confusions within the imaginative resistance debate as well as to develop my own interpretation of the phenomenon. My current plan is to develop a series of articles which will constitute the basis of a book.

During the last years of my PhD, I taught courses at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University. I have taught two introductions to philosophy, Values and Society and Knowledge and Reality; 2nd year survey course on Existentialism; 3rd year undergraduate courses on Philosophy of Criticism (advanced seminar on aesthetics) and Philosophy and Health Care.

When I am not working on philosophy, I spend time with these guys. I especially love going for a run with the little one, even if this means being chased by coyotes sometimes. I like to read on art history and criticism. I am also interested in cinema and big fan of Jean-Luc Godard, Maya Deren, Luis Buñuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, and contemporary filmmakers such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Cristian Mungiu.

You can reach me via email.

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