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Erin Bradfield

Erin Bradfield


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University 2012

Dr. Bradfield's main areas of specialization are Aesthetics, Philosophy of Film, Social and Political Philosophy, and Ethics. Her research focuses on the social and political dimensions of Kantian aesthetics. In particular, she works on issues regarding communication, exclusion, and community formation.

Dr. Bradfield earned a B.A. from Colgate University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Her dissertation, which she successfully defended in 2011 is entitled, "Silence and Silencing: Exclusion as the Impetus for Community Formation."She is the author of articles including, "Productive Excess: Aesthetic Ideas, Silence, and Community," which appears in The Journal of Aesthetic Education and an entry on "Silence" in 2nd edition of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.Her current project regards whether pure judgments of taste of the ugly are consistent with Kant's aesthetic theory in The Critique of Judgment.