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: Bicknell Mediation)


Now available – Philosophical Perspectives on Ruins, Monuments & Memorials, a volume of essays I edited together with Jennifer Judkins and Carolyn Korsmeyer.

Just out: “Some Thoughts on Artists’ Statements” in The Impact of Critical Rationalism.

My article,Excess in Art: The Case of Oversingingpublished in the Winter 2018 issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, has made the journal’s list of top downloads.

Forthcoming in early 2020: “Music and Lyrics” in The Science and Psychology of Music: From Beethoven at the Office to Beyoncé at the Gym