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 


Deborah Knight’s primary research is in the philosophy of art and aesthetics, in particular the philosophies of literature, film, and the visual arts, as well as the intersection of (so-called) "high" art and (so-called) "popular" art. She has published on topics including: philosophy and literature, philosophy and cultural studies, The Matrix, The 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. Recent work deals with the films of Clint Eastwood and Tim Burton’s films starring Johnny Depp. Forthcoming publications examine Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, the role of grief and remembrance in our experiences of memorial art, and analytic philosophy of film with a focus on the early contributions of Francis Sparshott and Alexander Sesonske.

Deborah Knight in a sculpture garden