Aili Bresnahan

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Aili Bresnahan

Assistant Professor; Humanities Commons Coordinator

  • Full-Time Faculty

Profile

Dr. Bresnahan specializes in Aesthetics, particularly in contemporary philosophy of art, including dance, theatre and performance. She is the Humanities Commons Coordinator, and is a member of the Philosophy Department Advisory committee and the CAS Prelaw committee. Her service to the profession includes reviewing articles for academic journals, serving as the Vice-Chair for the Diversity Committee of the American Society for Aesthetics, being Aesthetics Editor for The Philosopher's Magazine, and founding and moderating the DancePhilosophers Google group. She has been a faculty member at UD since 2012.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University
  • J.D., Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Philosophy, Columbia University

Research Interests

  • Aesthetics
  • American Pragmatism
  • Philosophy of law and culture as it pertains to the arts

Selected Publications

“The Philosophy of Dance,” in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (principal editor), http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dance/, first published January 12, 2015.

“Toward A Deweyan Theory of Ethical and Aesthetic Performing Arts Practice,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology 1, No. 2 (November 2014): 133-148. Publisher: Bloomsbury.

“Censorship As Catalyst for Artistic Innovation.” Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 23, No. 2 (2014): 98-116. Publisher: Center for Peace and Justice Innovation at Villanova University.

“Improvisational Artistry in Live Dance Performance As Embodied and Extended Agency.” Dance Research Journal 46, No. 1 (April 2014): 84-94. Publisher: Cambridge University Press.

Selected Presentations

Keynote Speaker, Lenoir-Rhyne University Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), Hickory, NC (April 28, 2015): Unlocking Creativity through Improvisation.

American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, St. Louis, MO (February, 2015): Taking It to the Stage: How Popular Dance Achieves Fine Art Status.

International Peace Research Association Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (August, 2014): Ending Violent Conflict without Fixed Moral Principles.

Additional information can be viewed on her website CV.