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Conference on the Aesthetics of Architecture and Design
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ASA-funded conference with speakers from aesthetics, philosophy, psychology, architecture, and design

When: 3/26/2016
8:30 AM
Where: Kansas State University
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
Manhattan, Kansas  66506
United States
Presenter: Kansas State University
Contact: James Hamilton

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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to award $2600 to support the conference, "Aesthetics of Architecture and Design.” The conference will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

The conference, hosted by Kansas State University, is also co-sponsored by the President of Kansas State University together with a number of colleges and departments of Kansas State University. ASA member James Hamilton (Philosophy, Kansas State University) is the co-organizer of the conference, together with Dick Hoag (Archtecture, Kansas State University).

All talks and commentaries are free and all events are open to the public.

Posters for the conference:





Saturday, March 26, 2016
At the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
On the campus of Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

8:30 AM – Coffee, and Welcome

9:00 – 10:15AM – Architecture & Art History

Saul Fisher, “Architecture and Anachronism”
Mercy College, New York: Department of Philosophy

- Comments: Douglas Dow, Kansas State University: Department of Art

10:15 – coffee break

10:30 AM – Psychology and Philosophy

Les Loschky, “Focal and Ambient Processing of Architecture”
Kansas State University: Department of Psychological Sciences

- Comments: Shannon Spaulding, Oklahoma State University: Department of Philosophy

11:45AM – 2:00PM – Lunch break

2:00 – 3:15 PM – Philosophy and Design

Jane Forsey, “The Play of Form and Function in Design Beauty”
University of Winnipeg, Canada: Department of Philosophy

- Comments: Peg Brand Weiser, Indiana University: Emerita Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies

3:15PM – coffee break

3:30 – 4:45PM – Philosophy, Design, and Psychology

Glenn Parsons
, “Is design possible?”
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada: Department of Philosophy

- Comments: Gary Brase, Kansas State University: Department of Psychological Sciences

6:00PM – conference dinner (open to all: speakers, commentators, and attendees)

[For more about the Beach Museum, see]

More information about our speakers

Saul Fisher, “Architecture and Anachronism”

Saul Fisher is Executive Director of Grants and Academic Initiatives and Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy at Mercy College in New York. His work in philosophical aesthetics is centered on architecture, for which he was awarded a Graham Foundation grant (2009), and which includes the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on philosophy of architecture (2015).

Jane Forsey, “The Play of Form and Function in Design Beauty”

Jane Forsey is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. She works in aesthetics and the history of philosophy (predominantly Kant). Her recent monograph, The Aesthetics of Design (OUP 2013), offers the first full treatment of design in philosophical aesthetics, and contributes to the growing field of Everyday Aesthetics. She is currently working on negative aesthetic values, including the ugly, the unpleasant and the disgusting.

Les Loschky, “Focal and Ambient Processing of Architecture”

Lester Loschky is a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University. Dr. Loschky does visual cognition research. His primary interests are in three areas: real world scene perception, event comprehension, and human-computer interaction. A unifying thread through these areas is a focus on the interactions between perception, attention, memory, and comprehension processes.

Glenn Parsons, “Is design possible?”

Glenn Parsons is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ryerson University in Toronto. His research interests are mainly in philosophical aesthetics, especially the aesthetics of nature and the aesthetics of the built environment. His books include Functional Beauty (with Allen Carlson, Oxford, 2008) and The Philosophy of Design (Polity, 2015).

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