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This is the web site of Aili Bresnahan, JD, PhD.


This site contains information on my background and research, a curriculum vitae, and references related to my current areas of interest, which include, in no particular order, the philosophy of art, performance, dance, music, theater, literature and film, and the philosophy of law, language, mind, ethics and culture where these areas intersect with the philosophy of art. I am particularly interested in how choice of philosophic and other methodologies affect our understanding of the arts in connection with law, society and culture.

My dissertation for the PhD in philosophy from Temple University in Pennsylvania was entitled, Dance as Art: A Studio-Based Account,  which was an attempt to create a philosophy of dance that focused in particular on what dance choreographers and performers contribute to dance as art as it is experienced and appreciated in live performance.  My dissertation committee was comprised of my Advisor, Joseph Margolis (Philosophy), Philip Alperson (Philosophy), Miriam Solomon (Philosophy), Karen E. Bond (Dance) and Elisabeth Camp (Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania).

In my current position I am a Lecturer in Aesthetics in the Philosophy Department of the University of Dayton in Ohio, where so far I have taught Philosophy of Art, Philosophy and Film, Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Music, Philosophy of Human Rights, Introduction to Philosophy and Philosophy and Theater/Dance: Performing Human Identity, a course I developed with the Theater/Dance program that includes both theoretical and practical components. I am also the Faculty Associate to the Graul Chair in Music and the Arts and in this role assist with the University of Dayton's Rites.Rights.Writes arts-integration programming that considers the arts and what it means to be human from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

In the world of philosophy outside of UD I am the moderator of DancePhilosophers, an informal networking google group that includes philosophers, dance studies scholars, dance historians, critics, performers, choreographers, students and others who are interested in dance philosophy broadly construed. I am also an organizer for the American Society for Aesthetics Eastern Division meeting to take place in the Spring of 2015. Finally, I have served as a peer-reviewer for articles in the British Journal of Aesthetics, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the Dance Research Journal, and the Journal of Music and Meaning.