Image of Robert SteckerProfessor of Philosophy
Central Michigan University
Department of Philosophy & Religion

Curriculum Vitae

Campus Address: Anspach 122
Telephone: (989) 774-7103


Ph.D., MIT, 1975 ​


Introduction to Philosophy, Moral Problems, Philosophy In Literature, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of the Arts

Research Interests:

Aesthetics, Philosophy of Literature, Philosophy of Language, Ethics, History of Modern Philosophy

Current Research Projects:

The interaction of ethical and aesthetic value

Select Publications:


  • Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, (Roman & Littlefield, 2005).
  • Interpretation and Construction: Art Speech and the Law, (Blackwell, 2003).
  • Artworks: Definition, Meaning, Value​ (Pennsylvania, 1997) 
  • A new edition of Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature, co edited with J. Wright and G. Fuller (London, 2003). 
  • John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in Focus, co edited with J. Wright and G. Fuller (Routledge, 2000)


  • “Aesthetic Experience and Aesthetic Value,” Philosophy Compass (2006).
  • “Philosophy of Literature” and “Ontology of Art,Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Macmillan, 2006).
  • “Aesthetics and Culture,” Concepts of Culture (University of Calgary Press, 2005).
  • “Interpretation and the Problem of the Relevant Intention,” Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics (Blackwell, 2005).
  • “The Interaction of Aesthetic and Ethical Value,British Journal of Aesthetics (2005).
  • “The Ontology of Art Interpretation,Art and Essence (Greenwood Press, 2003).
  • “Definition of Art” and “Value in Art,Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics (Oxford, 2003).


  • CMU President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, 1998
  • CMU Research Professor, 1999
  • Michigan Association of Governing Boards Distinguished Faculty Award, 2000