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James Grant

Dr James Grant received his BA from Queen’s University, Canada, and his BPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford. He was employed as a Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy at The Queen’s College, Oxford, from 2010-2012, before joining Birkbeck University in 2012. Dr Grant’s research interests are in aesthetics, ethics, and the philosophy of language. In his most recent book, The Critical Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2013), he provides a new account of the nature of art criticism.

Series featuring James Grant

  • Global Poverty: Philosophical Questions
  • Metaphor: Philosophical Issues
  • Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art lectures
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 4. Arguments from Harm James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses arguments that claim citizens of rich countries are responsible for harming poor people in other countries. James Grant 08 Aug 2011
2 3. Arguments from Distributive Justice James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses the debate over whether distributive justice requires that well-off people do something about poverty in other countries. James Grant 08 Aug 2011
3 2. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 2 James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses objections to the belief that well-off people have extremely demanding obligations to poor people in other countries. James Grant 08 Aug 2011
4 1. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 1 James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford University, introduces some of the key concepts in philosophical debates about global poverty. James Grant 08 Aug 2011
5 4. Metaphor and Art James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses the use of metaphor to describe music and other artworks. James Grant 04 Jul 2011
6 3. Speaking in Metaphor James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses the question of how we succeed in communicating to others with metaphor. He also examines the question of whether all metaphors can be paraphrased. James Grant 04 Jul 2011
7 2. How Metaphors Mean James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses different theories about what gives metaphors the special meaning or content they have. James Grant 04 Jul 2011
8 1. What Metaphors Mean James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, introduces some of the key concepts in discussions of metaphor in the philosophy of language. James Grant 04 Jul 2011
9 Creative Commons 8. Defining Art James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his eight and final lecture in the Aesthetics series on Defining Art. James Grant 15 Mar 2011
10 Creative Commons 7. Musical Expression James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his seventh lecture in the Aesthetics series on the expression of emotion in music. James Grant 15 Mar 2011
11 Creative Commons 6. Literary Interpretation James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his sixth lecture in the Aesthetics series on the interpretation of literature. James Grant 15 Mar 2011
12 Creative Commons 5. Kant's Critique of Judgement: Lecture 2 James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford concludes his discussion of Kant's Critique of Judgement in the fifth lecture of the Aesthetics series. James Grant 15 Mar 2011
13 Creative Commons 4. Kant's Critique of Judgement: Lecture 1 James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his fourth lecture in the Aesthetics series on Kant's Critique of Judgement. James Grant 15 Mar 2011
14 Creative Commons 3. Hume and the Standard of Taste James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his third lecture in the Aesthetics series on Hume and the Standard of Taste. James Grant 15 Mar 2011
15 Creative Commons 2. Aristotle's Poetics James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his second lecture in the Aesthetics series on Aristotle's Poetics. James Grant 15 Mar 2011
16 Creative Commons 1. Plato's Philosophy of Art James Grant, lecturer in philosop-hy, University of Oxford gives his first lecture in the Aesthetics series on Plato's philosophy of Art. James Grant 15 Mar 2011