Derek Allan Australian National University
My main interest is the philosophy (or general theory) of art (visual art, literature and music). I am neither "analytic" nor "continental" in approach because I believe both schools have serious deficiencies where the theory of art is concerned. One of my special interests is the neglected but crucial question of the relationship between art and the passing of time. I have discussed this topic in various articles and conference papers (some available on my website) and in my two books: "Art and the Human Adventure: André Malraux's Theory of Art" (2009) and "Art and Time" (2013). My "areas of specialization" heading on this page lists "aesthetics" but it should read "philosophy of art" in my case. Aesthetics, in my view, has become an amorphous and directionless field of study lacking any identifiable core or purpose. The philosophy of art, on the other hand, presents us with a range of specific, important - and very often neglected - questions.