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Associate Professor of Philosophyoderzo 2012

PhD University of Toronto, 2001

BA Indiana University, 1993

Areas of Research: Philosophy of Literature. Aesthetics. Philosophy of Language.  




                 translated as:  Wittgenstein und die Literatur. Frankfort: Suhrkamp,  2006; 文人维特根斯坦.  Shanghai: Sanhui Press, 2009

 ESSAYS (select):

*Copies of essays are available at PhilPapers

                   Charles Altieri's response to a few of the papers in this issue. 

  •  “Skepticism and the Idea of an Other.” In Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism. New York: Continuum, 2011.  W/ Simona Bertacco.
  • “Thick Narratives.” In Narrative, Emotion & Insight
  • “Interpretation, Sincerity, and Theory.” Contemporary Aesthetics, Vol. 8 (2010). 
  • “Fiction and Emotion.” In Oxford Companion to Emotion and the Affective Sciences, pp. 184-185. Edited by David Sanders and Klaus R. Scherer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.  *Encyclopedia entry 
  • “Literature and Knowledge.” In  Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 467-85.
  • “Cognitivism and The arts.” Philosophy Compass 3.4 (2008): 573-89.
  • Kritischer Pluralismus und Erkenntniszuwachs.”  In Kunst Denken, pp. 105-116. Paderborn: Mentis, 2007.
  • “The Prospects of Literary Cognitivism.” in  A Sense of the World: Essays on Fiction, Narrative and Knowledge. 
  • “Interpreting Words, Interpreting Worlds.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 64.4 (2006): 439-50.
  • “Reading for Life.” In The Literary Wittgenstein
  • “Between Truth and Triviality.” The British Journal of Aesthetics 43.3 (2003): 224-37.


  • Philosophy of Literature. Under contract with Routledge. 
  • Poetry, Metaphor, and Nonsense. Manuscript in progress.
  • The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature. Co-editor, with Noël Carroll (CUNY).  Under contract with Routledge.
  • "The New Propositionalism: On Missing the Point of Literary Cognitivism" 
  • “Are Metaphors Ever Mimetic?”
  • “Narrative and the Literary Imagination”
  • "Persons, Narratives, and the Literary Conception of Selfhood"

  • Conference in honor of Joseph Margolis's 90th birthday, Temple U, May 9th 2014.
  • Author Meets Critics session on Tzachi Zamir's Acts: Theater, Philosophy and the Performing Self, American Society for Aesthetics, November 2nd 2013.
  • “What Makes a Poem Philosophical?” American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, March 29th-April 1st 2012. 
  • “Milton, Kant & The Literary Imagination,” presented at “Philosophical Perspectives on Paradise Lost (Book IX): An International Workshop in Honor of Professor Sanford Budick,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 14th-15th, 2011.
  • “Problems of Meaning in Poetry and Metaphor,” presented at The University of Tampere, Finland, November 10th, 2011. 
  • “The Problem of Poetic Meaning,” presented at No Quarrel: Philosophy and Literature Today, Boston University, April 2nd, 2011.
  •  “Skepticism and the Idea of an Other,” presented at a symposium in honor of Stanley Cavell, Harvard Humanities Center, October 14th -16th, 2010.
  • “The Question of Poetic Meaning,” presented at Wittgenstein and Aesthetics: 3rd British Wittgenstein Society Annual Conference, University of Southampton (UK), June 28th, 2010. 


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