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Facing the camera: self-portraits of photographers as artists (2012)
Journal Article
Wilson, D. (2012). Facing the camera: self-portraits of photographers as artists. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 70(1), (55 - 66). doi:10.1111/j.1540-6245.2011.01498.x. ISSN 0021-8529

Self-portrait photography presents an elucidatory range of cases for investigating the relationship between automatism and artistic agency in photography-a relationship that is seen as a problem in the philosophy of art. I discuss self-portraits by p... Read More

Facing the camera: Self-portraits of photographers as artists (2012)
Journal Article
Wilson, D. M. (2012). Facing the camera: Self-portraits of photographers as artists. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 70(1), (56-66). doi:10.1111/j.1540-6245.2011.01498.x. ISSN 0021-8529

Self-portrait photography presents an elucidatory range of cases for investigating the relationship between automatism and artistic agency in photography-a relationship that is seen as a problem in the philosophy of art. I discuss self-portraits by p... Read More

Photography and causation: Responding to Scruton's scepticism (2009)
Journal Article
Phillips, D. M., & Wilson, D. (2009). Photography and causation: Responding to Scruton's scepticism. British Journal of Aesthetics, 49(4), 327-340. doi:10.1093/aesthj/ayp036

According to Roger Scruton, it is not possible for photographs to be representational art. Most responses to Scruton's scepticism are versions of the claim that Scruton disregards the extent to which intentionality features in photography; but these... Read More

Fixing the image : re-thinking the 'mind-independence' of photographs
Journal Article
Wilson, D. Fixing the image : re-thinking the 'mind-independence' of photographs

It has been argued that photographs are unsuitable or inferior candidates for art because they are not intimately bound to the mind of an artist. I believe that we can address scepticism in the philosophy of art only if we recognise that it is linked... Read More

Wittgenstein's 'Picture-Theory' and the Aesthetic Experience of Clear Thoughts
Book
Wilson, D. Wittgenstein's 'Picture-Theory' and the Aesthetic Experience of Clear Thoughts. The University of Hull

In the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Wittgenstein appeals to clarity when he characterises the aim, task and results of philosophy. In this essay I suggest that his ‘picture theory’ of language implies that clarity has aesthetic significance in phil... Read More