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Jason Gaiger

Jason Gaiger is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall. He studied art history and philosophy at the universities of St Andrews, Essex and Heidelberg, and he was previously Senior Lecturer and Director of Research in the Art History Department at the Open University. From 2010 to 2014 he was Head of the Ruskin School of Art and he is currently Co-ordinator of Admissions for the BFA and Director of Research.

He has published widely in journals such as the British Journal of Aesthetics,  the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the Art Bulletin and the European Journal of Philosophy. His books include Aesthetics and Painting (Bloomsbury, 2008), an English edition of Johann Gottfried Herder’s Sculpture (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and, as co-editor, Art in Theory: 1648-1815 (Blackwell, 2000) and Art in Theory: 1815-1900 (Blackwell, 1998).

Jason’s principal research interests are in aesthetics and art theory from the mid-seventeenth century through to the present day with a special emphasis on theories of depiction and visual meaning. His current research focuses on three main areas: the normativity of aesthetic judgment, the cognitive value of images, and the mereological structure of pictures.

A list of his publications can be found at:


Available for DPhil supervision at the Ruskin.