Department of Philosophy



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Deborah Knight


Associate Professor 
B.A., M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Specialization: Philosophy of Art and Philosophical Aesthetics
Office: Watson Hall 
Office Hours: N/A
Phone: (613) 533.6000 ext. 77032 


My research is primarily in the philosophy of art and aesthetics.  I am particularly interested in the philosophies of literature, film, and the visual arts, as well as the intersection of (so-called) "high" art and (so-called) "popular" art.  Recent research has dealt with the ethical criticism of art and literature, sentimentality, the question of memorial art, and the analysis of film genres and genre films.  I have published on topics including: philosophy and literature, philosophy and cultural studies,The MatrixThe Simpsons, the horror film, Hitchcock,Blade Runner and Dark City, Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, and the Western, with a focus on Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller.  Forthcoming publications deal with the films of Clint Eastwood and Tim Burton’s films starring Johnny Depp.

Deborah Knight in a sculpture garden