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Jason Gaiger

Jason Gaiger is Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory, and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall.

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.

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. 

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).

A list of his publications can be found at:


Available for DPhil supervision at the Ruskin.