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)


Just published – “Crack in the Voice and Joe Turner Blues” in Philosophy and Literature [PDF]

The American Society for Aesthetics meeting will be virtual this year. Register at this link. I’ll be speaking on Saturday November 14. Details to come.

I was a guest speaker in Professor Vitor Guerreiro’s Aesthetics and Arts Philosophy Seminar. You can watch my lecture here.

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

Aesthetics for Birds recently published an interview with me, Carolyn Korsmeyer, and Jennifer Judkins about our collection of essays on ruins monuments and memorials. Here’s the link.

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