Philosopher and Author

I am an independent scholar based in Toronto. My main areas of research are the philosophy of music and the philosophy of art.

My latest book is Philosophy of Song and Singing: An Introduction published by Routledge in 2015.JB (1)

I believe that traditional questions in aesthetics – about art’s ontological status, value, and possible contribution to knowledge – must be addressed within the broader context of art’s social role and functions.

I currently make my living by working as a professional mediator. I help leaders manager conflict to create flourishing organizations, and I love my work. (You can read more about it on the webpage for my company: Principled Dispute Resolution & Consulting.)



I had a great time at the American Society for Aesthetics annual meeting in Seattle. Next year we meet in New Orleans, November 15-18, 2017.

Check out my review of Paul C. Taylor’s Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics, published in Philosophy in Review.