Joshua J Johnston

Currently a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at UBC, my areas of active research are in ethical theory (metaethics), aesthetics, and the philosophy of art.

My dissertation lies at the intersection between aesthetics and ethics, particularly moral and aesthetic judgment. It argues that a certain type of sensitivity to reasons, what I call fine discernment, is required in making warranted judgments. Developing this sensitivity in the art sphere has payoff in the moral sphere, as it encourages finely attuned moral awareness.  

I am currently being supervised by Dominic McIver Lopes.





              PhD Candidate

The University of British Columbia