Deborah Knight

Associate Professor, Queen’s National Scholar, and Graduate Coordinator


Arts and Science

People Directory Affiliation Category
  • B.A., M.A., Carleton
  • Ph.D., Toronto
Specializations / Research Interests 

Philosophy of Art and Philosophical Aesthetics


Deborah Knight’s primary research is in the philosophy of art and aesthetics, in particular the philosophies of literature, film, and the visual arts. She has published on topics including: philosophy and literature, philosophy and cultural studies, and cognitive film theory. She has written on a number of films and film genres including: The Matrix, the horror film, mystery and suspense, the Western, Hitchcock, Blade Runner and Dark City, Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, Tim Burton’s films starring Johnny Depp, and the films of Clint Eastwood.

Recent Publications
  • “The Blade Runner Question: From Philosophy to Myth,” Philosophy and Film: Bridging Divides, eds. Christina Rawls et. al., Routledge, 2019.
  • “Film Art from the Analytic Perspective,” The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures, eds. Noël Carroll et. al., Palgrave, 2019.
  • “The Proper Object of Emotion: Memorial Art, Grief, Remembrance,” Philosophical Perspectives on Ruins, Monuments, and Memorials, eds. Jeanette Bicknell et. al., Routledge, 2019.
  • “Noël Carroll,” Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers, 2nd ed., ed. Alessando Giovannelli, Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2021.
  • “Thinking with Film: On John Carvalho’s reading of Godard’s Le Mépris,” part of the Symposium in Contemporary Aesthetics online journal, 2022.
  • “Eat, Taste, Know — Reflections on Sarah Worth’s Taste: A Philosophy of Food,” part of the Symposium in Contemporary Aesthetics online journal, 2023.