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I joined the Institute of Geography at Edinburgh in 2005. Previously, I was Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Institute of Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy at Lancaster University (1994-2004) and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College-CUNY (2004-2005). I'm also an Academic Associate in the Philosophy subject area at Edinburgh. Recently, I served as President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics for three years, and I have been Secretary, Treasurer, and an Executive Committee member of the British Society of Aesthetics. I sit on various editorial boards, including Environmental Values, Ethics, Policy, and Environment, and Philosophical Quarterly, and I'm a former Associate Editor and Co-Editor of, respectively, Environmental Values and Society and Space.
My research interests move between contemporary and historical approaches in aesthetics and environmental philosophy. Specific interests include: environmental aesthetics; environmental ethics; aesthetic experience and value; Kant and eighteenth-century philosophy; the relationship between aesthetic and ethical values; aesthetics of the everyday; theories of imagination and emotion; and animal studies.
In Aesthetics of the Natural Environment, I develop a theory of the 'integrated aesthetic' which integrates subjective and objective approaches to aesthetic experience, judgment and value, and argue that non-instrumental aesthetic valuing of nature potentially grounds an ethical approach based in respect for nature. More recently, I have written on aesthetic, ethical and ontological problems in relation to quasi-natural/modified environments and cultural landscapes, such as gardens, environmental, land and ecological art, and agriculture. My work in contemporary environmental philosophy has also contributed to developing an understanding of aesthetic value for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011) and its current 'Follow-on Phase'.
I have just completed a new book, The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics and Nature, which reassesses the eighteenth-century sublime and argues for its relevance to recent debates in aesthetics and environmental ethics. This research is feeding into a new project, a critical study of aesthetics of nature in eighteenth-century philosophy.
My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Finnish Academy, the Carnegie Trust, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the British Council. During the 2011-2012 academic year I held a Laurance S. Rockefeller Faculty Fellowship at Princeton University's Center for Human Values.
BooksBrady, E. In press. The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics and Nature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Brady, E. 2003. Aesthetics of the Natural Environment. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Pratt, V. with Howarth, J. and Brady, E. 2000. Environment and Philosophy. London and New York: Routledge, 175 p.
Brady, E. and Phemister, P., ed. 2012. Human-Environment Relations: Transformative Values in Theory and Practice. Dordrecht: Springer.
Arntzen, S. and Brady, E., ed. 2008. Humans in the Land: The Ethics and Aesthetics of the Cultural Landscape. Oslo: Oslo Academic Press.
Brady, E. and Levinson, J., ed. 2001. Aesthetic Concepts: Essays After Sibley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 236 p.
Brady, E., ed. 2007. Ethics, Place and Environment: Special Issue: Environmental and Land Art. 10:3.
Brady, E. and Seppä, A., eds. 1998. IO: Journal of Applied Aesthetics: Special Issue on Environmental Art, vol. 1.
Brady, E. 2012. 'Reassessing Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature in the Kantian Sublime'. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 46:1, 91-109.
Brady, E. 2011. 'Adam Smith's "Sympathetic Imagination" and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Environment'. Journal of Scottish Philosophy, 9:1, 95-109.
Brady, E. 2011. 'Animals in Environmental Art: Relationship and Aesthetic Regard'. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 9:1, 47-58.
Brady, E. 2010. 'Ugliness and Nature'. Enrahonar: quaderns de filosofia, 45, 27-40.
Brady, E. 2009. 'Expressive Qualities in Aesthetic Appreciation of Animals'. Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics, 6:3, 1-14 (guest article).
Brady, E. 2007. 'Aesthetic Regard for Nature in Environmental Art'. Ethics, Place and Environment: Special Issue: Environmental and Land Art, 10:3, 287-300. Reprinted in Harriet M.H. Hawkins and Elizabeth R. Straughan, ed. Forthcoming. Geographical Aesthetics: Imagining Space, Staging Encounters (Aldershot: Ashgate).
Brady, E. 2007. 'Vers une veritable esthetique de l'environnement' ('Towards a truly environmental aesthetic'). Cosmopolitiques Special Issue: Esthetique et Espace Public, 15, 61-72. Translated into Chinese by Xiangzhan Cheng, in: Journal of Jiangsu University, vol. 4, 2008.
Palmer, C. and Brady, E. 2007. 'Landscape and Value in the Work of Alfred Wainwright', Landscape Research, 32:4, 397-421.
Brady, E. 2006. 'Aesthetics in Practice: Valuing the Natural World', Environmental Values, 15:3, 277-291. Reprinted in S. Johnson, ed. 2010. Themes in Environmental History 2: Landscapes, Cambridge: White Horse Press.
Brady, E. 2006.'The Aesthetics of Agricultural Landscapes and the Relationship between Humans and Nature', Ethics, Place and Environment, 9:1, 1-19.
Brady, E., Holland, A. and Rawles, K. 2004.'Walking the Talk: Philosophy of Conservation on the Isle of Rum,' Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion, 8:2, 280-297. Reprinted in C. Palmer, ed. 2006. Teaching Environmental Ethics. Leiden: Brill.
Brady, E. and Haapala, A. 2003.'Melancholy as an Aesthetic Emotion' Contemporary Aesthetics, www.contempaesthetics.org, vol. 1.
Brady, E. and Brook, I. 2003. 'Topiary: Ethics and Aesthetics,' Ethics and the Environment, 8:1, 127-42.
Brady, E. 2002. 'Aesthetic Character and Aesthetic Integrity in Environmental Conservation,' Environmental Ethics, 24:2, 75-91. Reprinted in Callicott, B. and Palmer, C., eds. 2005. Critical Concepts on the Environment. London and New York: Routledge; and in A. Carlson and S. Lintott, eds. 2008. Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty, New York: Columbia University Press.
Brady, E. 2002. 'Interpreting Environments,' Essays in Philosophy, Special Issue: Environmental Aesthetics, 3:1, www.humboldt.edu/~essays/brady.html. Reprinted in T. Gracyk and R. Stecker, ed. 2010. Aesthetics Today: A Reader. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
Brady, E. 1998. 'Imagination and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature,' Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 56: 2, 139-147. Reprinted in Berleant, A. and Carlson, A. eds. 2004. The Aesthetics of Natural Environments. Broadview Press.
Brady, E. 1998. 'Don't Eat the Daisies: Disinterestedness and the Situated Aesthetic,' Environmental Values, 7:1, 97-114.
Brady, E. 1998. 'Rooted Art: Environmental Art and Our Attachment to Nature,' IO: Journal of Applied Aesthetics Special Issue on Environmental Art, vol. 1.
Brady, E. 1996. 'Imaginación, Experienca Estetica y Naturaleza,' Iztapalapa: Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, 16: 40, 53-62. (Spanish translation of 'Imagination and Natural Beauty'.)
Brady, E. In press. 'Imagination and Freedom in the Kantian Sublime', in M.Thompson, ed. Kant and the Imagination (Berlin: DeGruyter).
Brady, E. In press. 'Aesthetic Value and Wild Animals', in M.Drenthen and J. Keulartz, ed. Environmental Aesthetics (New York: Fordham University Press).
Brady, E. 2012. 'The Environmental Sublime', in T. Costelloe, ed. The Sublime: From Antiquity to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Brady, E. 2012. 'Smells, Tastes and Everyday Aesthetics', in D. Kaplan, ed. Philosophy and Food. Berkeley: California University Press.
Brady, E. 2011. 'The Ugly Truth: Negative Aesthetics and Environment', in A. O'Hear, ed. Philosophy and Environment. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Brady, E. 2008. 'The Sublime in Contemporary Aesthetics.' In Aesa Sigurjonsdottir, ed. Rever le sublime et le nulle part/Dreams of sublime and nowhere (Brussels and Reykjavik: Bozar/Reykjavik Art Museum). In English/Icelandic/French/Dutch, 37-55.
Brady, E. 2008. 'The Aesthetics of Modified Environments'. Aesthetics and the Environment: Public Works and Landscape. Madrid: Cedex-Cehopu. In Spanish.
Brady, E. 2006. 'Imagination', in A.C. Grayling, A. Pyle, N. Goulder, eds., Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy. Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum.
Brady, E. 2006. 'Sublime', in A.C. Grayling, A. Pyle, N. Goulder, eds., Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy. Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum.
Brady, E. 2006. 'The Human-Nature Relationship in Environmental and Land Art' in Sigurjonsdottir, A. and Jonsson, O., eds. Art, Ethics and Environment. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 85-105.
Brady, E. 2005. 'Sniffing and Savoring: The Aesthetics of Smells and Tastes,' in Light, A. and Smith, J.M., eds. The Aesthetics of Everyday Life. New York: Columbia University Press, 177-193.
Brady, E. 2002. 'Aesthetics, Ethics and the Natural Environment', in Berleant, A. ed., Environment and the Arts. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 113-126.
Brady, E. 2001. 'Introduction: Sibley's Vision' in Brady, E. and Levinson, J. eds. Aesthetic Concepts: Essays After Sibley. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1-22.
Brady, E. 2000. 'Aesthetics of the Natural Environment' in Pratt, V. with Howarth, J. and Brady, E. Environment and Philosophy. London and New York: Routledge, 142-163; 167-170.
Brady, E. 1999. 'The Expressive Face' in von Bonsdorff, P. and Haapala, A., eds. Aesthetics in the Human Environment. Lahti: International Institute of Applied Aesthetics, 70-89.
Brady, E. 1998. 'The City in Aesthetic Imagination' in Haapala, A., ed. The City as Cultural Metaphor: Studies in Urban Aesthetics. Lahti: International Institute of Applied Aesthetics, 78-92.
Short PublicationsBrady, E. 2009. 'Why Study Environmental Ethics?'. In D. Keller, ed. Environmental Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell), 29-31.
Brady, E. 2009. 'Ronald W. Hepburn: In Memoriam'. British Journal of Aesthetics. 49:3, 1-4.
Brady, E. 2009. 'Animal Relations'. Editorial for Environmental Values. 18:1, 1-4.
Brady, E. 2007. 'Sense and Sensibility'. Editorial for Environmental Values. 16:3, 1-2.
Brady, E. 2007. 'Introduction' to Ethics, Place and Environment: Special Issue: Environmental and Land Art. 10:3, 257-261.
Brady, E. 2006. 'Mariele Neudecker: Landscape as Metaphor,' ARS 06 Exhibition. Helsinki: Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, 168-169.
Brady, E. 2005. 'John Benson' in Brown, S., ed. Dictionary of Twentieth Century British Philosophers. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 83-84.
Brady, E. 2005. 'David Pole' in Brown, S., ed. Dictionary of Twentieth Century British Philosophers. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 798-799.
Brady, E. 1997. 'Imagination and Natural Beauty,' in Yrjö Sepänmaa, ed. Real World Design: The Foundations and Practice of Environmental Aesthetics. Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of Aesthetics, Vol. 2. Lahti: University of Helsinki, Lahti Research and Training Centre, 31-36.
Brady, E. 1996. 'Lou Andreas-Salome'; 'Annette Baier;' 'Seyla Benhabib;' 'Margaret Boden; ' Lorraine Code;' 'Mary Midgely'; 'Martha Nussbaum;' 'Mary O'Brien;' 'Onora O'Neill,' in Brown, S., ed. Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth Century Philosophers. London: Routledge.
Research Reports and Working Papers
Brady, E. and Grant, M. 2001. 'Aesthetic Value in UK Environmental Conservation,' Lancaster University.
Brady, E., ed. 1999. Aesthetic Knowledge and a Sense of Place. Thingmount Working Papers Series on the Philosophy of Conservation, vol. II. Philosophy Department, Lancaster University. ISSN: 1362-7066.
Brady, E. 1998. 'Sublime Attachment: Imagination, Feeling and Respect for Nature,' Thingmount Series of Working Papers on the Philosophy of Conservation. Philosophy Department, Lancaster University. ISSN: 1362-7066.
ReviewsBrady, E. 2009. Review of Glenn Parsons, Aesthetics and Nature in British Journal of Aesthetics, 49:4.
Brady, E. 2007. Review of James Kirwan, Sublimity in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. 65:2, 242-244.
Brady, E. 2005. Review of Nigel Warburton, The Art Question in British Journal of Aesthetics, 45:2, 193-4.
Brady, E. 2004. Review of Malcolm Budd, Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature in Philosophical Books, 45:3, 274-276.
Brady, E. 2004. Review of Suzaan Boettger, Earthworks: Art and the Landscape of the Sixties, in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 62:2, pp. 309-311.
Brady, E. 2004. Review of David Cooper, The Measure of Things: Humanism, Humility and Mystery in Worldviews, 8:2-3, 411-413.
Brady, E. 2003. Review of Henry Allison, Kant's Theory of Taste: A Reading of the Critique of Aesthetic Judgement, in Philosophical Books, 44:3, 270-1.
Brady, E. 2003. Review of Ronald Hepburn, The Reach of the Aesthetic: Collected Essays on Art and Nature in Environmental Values, 12:1, 129-131.
Brady, E. 2002. Review of Warwick Fox, ed., Ethics and the Built Environment in Environmental Values, 11:4, 509-511.
Brady, E. 2001. Review of Joseph Margolis, What, After All, Is a Work of Art? in Philosophical Quarterly, 51:2, 136-138.
Brady, E. 2000. Review of Robert Hopkins, Picture, Image and Experience in Philosophical Books, 41:2, 140-142.
Brady, E. 1998. Review of Robert Elliot, Faking Nature, in ECOS.
Brady, E. 1997. Review of Susan Feagin, Reading with Feeling, in Philosophical Books, 38:4, 284-286.
Brady, E. 1996. Review of Ossi Naukkarinen and Olli Immonen, eds. Art and Beyond: Finnish Approaches to Aesthetics, translated into Finnish for Synteesi, vol. 3, 103-104.
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