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 will be keynote speaker at the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics meeting this July 8-10 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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