Alison Denham

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1989 D.Phil. University of Oxford
1980  B.A. University of California at Berkeley


2000 Metaphor and Moral Experience, Oxford University Press. 
2012 Plato on Art and Beauty (edited book), Palgrave-Macmillan.

Book reviews

1999 After the End of Art (Review of A. Danto) (review), British Journal of Aesthetics 39 (2): 212-214.     
1999 Book Reviews (review), British Journal of Aesthetics 39 (2): 212-214.

Published articles

1996 Kant and Contemporary Moral Philosophy, with S. Farelly-Jackson, In Alan Montefiore & V. Muresan (eds.), Contemporary British Moral Philosophy, Editura Alternative. 
1996 Metaphor and Judgements of Experience, European Review of Philosophy 3 225-253. 
1999 The Moving Mirrors of Music, Music & Letters 80 411-432.
2001 Envisioning the Good: Iris Murdoch's Moral Psychology, Modern Fiction Studies 47 (3): 602-629. 
2006 Patrick Lancaster Gardiner 1922-1997, In Proceedings of the British Academy, 138 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, V, pp. 99-121. 

Proceedings of the British Academy, 138 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, V.

2007 Varieties of Explanation: A Memoir of Patrick Lancaster Gardiner 1922-1997, In P. J. Marshall (ed.), Proceedings of the British Academy, 138 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, V, Oxford University Press. 
2009 The future of tonality, British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (4): 427-450.
2010 Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine, edited by Barry C. Smith, Mind 119 (473): 238-243. 
2011 Psychopathy, Empathy & Moral Motivation, In Justin Broakes (ed.), Iris Murdoch: Philosopher, Oxford University Press. 
2012 Introduction, In A. E. Denham (ed.), Plato on Art & Beauty, Palgrave Macmillan.
2013 Identity, Agency & Tragedy, with Franklin Worrell, In Zina Giannopoulos (ed.), The Philosophy of Film: David Lynch, Routledge.
2013 Attuned, Transcendent & Transfigured: Nietzsche's Aesthetic Psychology, In Daniel Came (ed.), Nietzsche on Art & Life, Oxford University Press.
2014 Tragedy Without the Gods: Autonomy, Necessity and the Real Self, British Journal of Aesthetics 54 (2): 141-159. 
2015 Celan's Song: Pictures, Poetry and Epistemic Value, In John Gibson (ed.), The Philosophy of Poetry, Oxford University Press. 
2015 Fragments of the Self: Identity, Agency and Integration, with F. D. Worrell, In D. Moseley & G. Gala (eds.), Philosophy & Psychiatry, Routledge. 
2016 What's Not to Like? Review of The Meaning of Disgust, Colin McGinn, European Journal of Philosophy 24 (1): 302-307. 
2017 Empathy and Moral Motivation, In Heidi Maibom (ed.), The Philosophy of Empathy, Routledge.

The Nature of Nurture: Poverty, Father Absence and Gender Equality, In Nicolás Brando & Gottfried Schweiger (eds.), Philosophy and Child Poverty: Reflections on the Ethics and Politics of Poor Children and Their Families, Springer. pp. 163-188. 

2020 Making Sorrow Sweet: Emotion and Empathy in the Experience of Fiction. In A. Houen (Ed.), Affect and Literature (Cambridge Critical Concepts, pp. 190-210). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108339339.011. Cambridge, UK: pp. 190-210.





  • Moral Epistemology and Developmental Moral Psychology
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Aesthetics (especially the Philosophy of Music)
  • Child Development and Youth Justice

I am retired but regularly examine at the B.Phil level and convene occasional post-graduate seminars on topics in developmental moral psychology and related public policy issues.