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Peter Lamarque
Professor of Philosophy



I have been Professor of Philosophy at York since 2000. Before that I was Ferens Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Hull (1995-2000). I went to Hull from the University of Stirling where I had taught in the Philosophy Department from 1972 to 1995, first as lecturer then as senior lecturer.

I have held visiting positions at:

  • the Institute of Philosophy, University of Tsukuba, Japan (1983-84);
  • Cornell University as a visiting associate professor (1985, 1987, 1993);
  • the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University as visiting fellow (1994);
  • the Programme of the Theory of Literature, University of Lisbon, as visiting professor (2009).



I have long had an interest in relations between philosophy and literature. One of the guiding ideas informing my work has been the thought that engaging with literature is not just a 'natural' activity, reading and responding to texts, but an activity deeply shaped by cultural conventions. These conventions, broadly specifiable within a 'practice' or 'institution', dictate the kinds of expectations that readers bring to literary works and the values they seek from them which the great literary works reward. The attempt to characterise these conventions in a way that is both non-trivial yet able to accommodate the vast variety of literary genres and styles, has been a major objective. More recently I have given attention to poetry asking what is distinctive about poetry among the literary arts. Another, related, longstanding interest is in aesthetics more widely applied. I have written on the ontology of art and artistic value. Broadening out from there I have been thinking about the aesthetics of restoration and of ruins.


I have two rather different projects underway:

  • developing my interests in poetry and its multiple values;
  • reflecting on aesthetic issues arising from the conservation and restoration of objects and the values to be found in architectural ruins.



Recent undergraduate teaching: 

  • Philosophy of Literature
  • Contemporary Philosophy of Art
  • Analytic Aesthetics
  • Spinoza and Leibniz
  • Sartre’s Existentialism.


Recent postgraduate teaching:

  • MA projects supervised
  • MA dissertations supervised
  • PhD supervision

External activities


Editorial duties

Current editorial board membership:

  • Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (1995- )  
  • British Journal of Aesthetics (2008 -  )
  • Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2011 - )
  • Humanities (2011 - ) 
  • Philosophical Inquiries (2013 - )
  • Forma de Vida [Lisbon, Portugal] (from 2016)
  • Analytic Aesthetics and Contemporary Art, Bloomsbury Academic, Chief Editors: Tiziana Andina, David Carrier (from 2016)


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Professor Peter Lamarque
Professor of Philosophy

Tel: 01904 323259