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)


I’m really excited about this project: Philosophical Perspectives on Ruins, Monuments & Memorials is in the page proof stage.

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.

Helen Mort, a UK poet, has written a poem responding to this and other articles in philosophical aesthetics. Then the philosophers wrote responses to her poems. Read more about the project and you can purchase the book here.

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