Dr. James O. Young, FRSC

Dr. James O. Young, FRSC
Professor - on leave July 1st 2018 until June 30th 2019
Office: CLE B324

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.

James O. Young, FRSC is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria. He works on 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 a project on intellectual property in the arts and (with Margaret Cameron) a history of philosophy of music (under contract with Cambridge University Press). Together with Dr. Cameron, he is at work on a series of translations, with commentaries, of eighteenth-century French texts on aesthetics. The first of these, Jean-Baptiste Du Bos’ Critical Reflections on Poetry and Painting is under review at a major university press.


Dr Young has a practical as well as a philosophical interest in music. He is an amateur harpsichordist and has been Artistic Director of the Early Music Society of the Islands for many years.

Dr Young is the author of Global Anti-realism (Avebury, 1995), Art and Knowledge (Routledge, 2001), Cultural Appropriation and the Arts (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), Critique of Pure Music (Oxford, 2014) and Filosofía de la Música. Respuestas a Peter Kivy (Calanda, 2017). 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), Semantics of Aesthetic Judgements (Oxford, 2017) and co-edited The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) with Conrad Brunk. In addition to his books, Dr Young has written over sixty articles in refereed journals and many book chapters. 

Dr. Young was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2015.