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 Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics meeting this July 8-10 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was the Manuel Davenport Keynote Speaker, and my talk was called, “Some OVERthinking about OVERsiging.”

I’m quoted in this article from the Wall Street Journal about the power of music to strengthen social bonds.