Scottish Aesthetics Forum

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Scottish Aesthetics Forum (SAF), generously supported by the British Society of Aesthetics and the Scots Philosophical Association. Currently in the form of a lecture series hosted at the University of Edinburgh, SAF aims to address a widespread interest in all areas of aesthetics, including analytic and continental approaches, as well as interdisciplinary perspectives on aesthetics from across the arts and sciences. We also aim to foster close links with universities, art institutions (broadly construed), and artists across Scotland.

Please join us for our first public lecture by Professor Dominic McIver Lopes, Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Scholar at the University of British Columbia, and President of the American Society for Aesthetics (for more information on Prof Lopes:,

Professor Dominic McIver Lopes: “Aesthetic Agency and Value

Wednesday, 11th February, 2015

University of Edinburgh 

Dugald Stewart Building, 3.11, 4:15 – 6:15pm

The lecture will be preceded by a workshop on Prof Lopes’ new book Beyond Art (OUP, 2014), in DSB 3.11, from 2:15 to 3:15pm, and followed by drinks and dinner.  Limited funds are available for two students to attend the dinner. Priority will be given to those who prepare for and attend the workshop, and to postgraduate students; otherwise we will accommodate guests on a first-come-first-served basis.

In preparation for Prof Lopes’ workshop, we would like to invite anyone who is interested in reading his book to join us for a reading group. The reading group will take place in DSB at 10:00 am on the 16th January, and 6th February 2015. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in attending, by emailing us at

Other confirmed speakers for the series include Prof Berys Gaut (University of St Andrews) on the 15th April and Prof Emily Brady (University of Edinburgh) on the 10th June, 2015, titles TBC.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the organisers at:

The Organisers,
Nicole Hall & Panos S. Paris