Dr. James O. Young, FRSC
History: B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Boston), professor, joined this department in 1985. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Interests: Dr Young works on both philosophy of language and philosophy of art. His work in philosophy of language focuses on theories of truth and on the debate between realists and anti-realists. In philosophy of art, he is particularly interested in philosophy of music, art as a source of knowledge, and ontological and moral questions raised by reflection on the arts. Currently he is working on relativism and realism about the truth values of aesthetic judgements. He is also working on a project on intellectual property in the arts.
Dr Young has a practical as well as a philosophical interest in music. He is a (very bad) harpsichordist and has been Artistic Director of the Early Music Society of the Islands for many years.
Publications: Dr Young is the author of Global Anti-realism (Avebury, 1995), Art and Knowledge (Routledge, 2001), Cultural Appropriation and the Arts (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) and Critique of Pure Music (Oxford, 2014). He has translated, annotated and introduced Charles Batteux’s The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle (Oxford, 2015). He edited the four-volume collection Aesthetics: Critical Concepts in Philosophy (Routledge, 2005) and co-edited The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) with Conrad Brunk. An edited collection, The Semantics of Aesthetic Judgements is forthcoming from Oxford.
In addition to his books, Dr Young has written over fifty articles in refereed journals. These have appeared in The British Journal of Aesthetics, The Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Dialogue, Erkenntnis, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The Journal of Philosophical Research, Metaphilosophy, The Monist, Philosophy, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Synthese, Ratio and other philosophical journals. He has also published in journals of archaeology, musicology and psychology. Several of his articles have been reprinted. Some of his work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Russian. His contribution to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, an article on the coherence theory of truth, can be found at http://plato.stanford.edu.