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Dr Panos Paris

Dr Panos Paris

Lecturer

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
parisp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 76581
Location:
Room 1.35, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision

I work in aesthetics, ethics, and the intersection between these realms of value. I've published articles on beauty, including the notion of moral beauty, the ethical criticism of art, the concept of ugliness, and the situationist debate in moral psychology. Currently, I am concentrating on beauty, as a way into thinking about value more generally.

I joined Cardiff as a Lecturer in 2019, upon completing my PhD in philosophy at the University of St Andrews (2017), and working as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (2018), an Associate Tutor at Birkbeck College, University of London (2018-9), and an Associate Lecturer at the Universiity of York (2019).

I am a Trustee of the British Society of Aesthetics, a co-founder and former organiser of the Scottish Aesthetics Forum, and a co-founder and co-director of the newly-formed Aesthetics & Ethics Research Group.

2019 - present: Lecturer in Philosophy, Cardiff University
2019: Associate Lecturer in Philosophy, University of York
2018 - 2019: Associate Tutor in Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London
2017 - 2018: Research Fellow, University of Birmingham.
2012 - 2017: PhD in Philosophy, University of St Andrews.
2011 - 2012: MLitt in Philosophy, University of St Andrews.
2010 - 2011: MA in Filmmaking, Goldsmiths, University of London.
2005 - 2009: MA (Hons) in Philosophy and Film & TV Studies, University of Glasgow.

Honours and awards

2019: Grant for conference organisation, British Society of Aesthetics.
2019: Travel Award, British Society of Aesthetics.
2019: Travel Award, American Society for Aesthetics.
2018 - 2019: Grant for conference organisation, Thought Trust.
2017 - 2018: Grant for conference organisation, British Society of Aesthetics.
2017 - 2018: Grant for conference organisation, The Mind Association.
2018: Travel Award, British Society of Aesthetics.
2017: Prize for outstanding student/early-career paper ('Functional Beauty, Pleasure, and Experience), American Society for Aesthetics.
2017: Travel Award, British Society of Aesthetics.
2014 - 2017: Grants for events organisation (Scottish Aesthetics Forum), Scots Philosophical Association.
2014 - 2017: Grants for events organisation (Scottish Aesthetics Forum), British Society of Aesthetics.
2017: Travel Award, British Society of Aesthetics.
2012 - 2016: PhD Scholarship (4 years), Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
2016: Travel Award, British Society of Aesthetics.
2011 - 2012: MLitt Scholarship (1 year), Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
2009: Prize for distinction in Junior Honours written work in Philosophy, University of Glasgow.
 

2019

2018

2017

Autumn Semester 2019-20

Aesthetics

Philosophy through Fiction and Film (weeks 7-11)

Spring Semester 2019-20

Beauty and Ethics

Critical Thinking

My research is in aesthetics, ethics, and the intersection between these realms of value.

My doctoral thesis defended the moral beauty view, whereby the moral virtues are beautiful, and the moral vices are ugly character traits. 

Currently, I am working on three interrelated projects. First, I am developing a dual-component theory of beauty, which seeks to strike a balance between formalist theories (which emphasise the objective, formal features of objects) and subjectivist theories (which emphasise the pleasure that subjects experience upon encounters with beautiful objects).

Second, I am looking into how art can foster understanding, including offering unique insights into human character and personality, and how this is a fundamental aesthetic value (right now I'm focusing on cinematic art, and especially television series).

Finally, I am examining naturalist theories of ethical and aesthetic value, elaborating on my views concerning the relationship between personality traits studied by psychologists and the virtues.

Together, these projects will lay the groundwork toward a unified theory of value in which beauty plays a fundamental role, not only genealogically, but also heuristically and practically.   

I welcome PhD proposals in value theory, especially in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, philosophy of film, moral psychology, and virtue ethics.

Please do get in touch if you're interested in pursuing a PhD at Cardiff in any of these areas.