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

Campus Address: Anspach 122
Email: steck1r@cmich.edu
Telephone: (989) 774-7103

Degree:

Ph.D., MIT, 1975 ​

Teaching:

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:

Books: 

  • Intersections of Value: Art, Nature and the Everyday, Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • 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)

Articles:

  • "The Interactions of Function and Aesthetic Value in Artifacts," Grazer Philosophische Studien 96 (2019) 1-18.
  • Entangled Values: A Reply to Dodd,” British Journal of Aesthetics, 55, 2015, 393-98.
  • "Film Narration, Imaginative Seeing, and Seeing-In," Projections, 7, 2013, 147-54.
  • “Epistemic Norms, Moral Norms, and Nature Appreciation,” Environmental Ethics, 34, 2012, 247-264.
  • "Norms and Nature Appreciation," Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art, 32, 2012, 70-77.
  • "Artistic Value Defended," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. 70, 2012, 355-362
  • "Literature as Thought," Meaning and Knowledge in Literature, Jürgen Daiber, et. al. (eds), Mentis, 2012, 1-15.
  • "Plato," Aesthetics: Key Thinkers, Alessandro Giovanelli (ed.), Continuum, 2012, 8-20.
  • "Should We Still Care about the Paradox of Fiction?" British Journal of Aesthetics, 51, 2011, 295-308.
  • "Responding to Fiction with Emotion and Imagination," JTLA: Journal of the Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo, Aesthetics, 35, 2010, 1-12.
  • "Ethics and Aesthetics," Routledge Companion to Ethics, Routledge, 2010.
  • "Do All Valuable Artworks Possess Aesthetic Value?" Annales Philosophici (Romania), 1, 2010, 75-82.
  • "The Hypothetical Intentionalist's Dilemma: A Reply to Levinson," British Journal of Aesthetics, 50, 2010, 307-312, Co-authored with Stephen Davies.
  • "Aesthetic Creation and Artistic Value," Art and Philosophy (Poland), 35, 2009, 68-82.
  • "Methodological Questions about Musical Ontology," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 67, 2009, 375-386.
  • "Film as Art," Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Film," Routledge, 2009
  • "Interpretation and Intention," Journal of Literary Theory, 2, 2008, 35-50.
  • "Immoralism and the Anti-Theoretical View," British Journal of Aesthetics, 45, April 2008, 145-161.
  • "Aesthetic Experience and Aesthetic Value," Philosophy Compass, 1, 2006, 1-10 
  • "The Interaction of Aesthetic and Ethical Value," British Journal of Aesthetics, 45, April, 2005, 138-150.

Awards:

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