Janet McCracken

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Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Independent Scholar Program

Areas of Specialization

Aesthetics; History of Philosophy: ancient Greek and early modern; Film Studies; Philosophy of Humans and Animals; Environmental Aesthetics;  Gender Studies

Education

PhD University of Texas at Austin
MA University of Texas at Austin
BA Vassar College

Selected Honors and Administrative Positions

Co-leader, “Considering Animals,” ACM Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning, Washington DC, July 2012

Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Lake Forest College, July 2005-2011

Associate Dean of the Faculty, Lake Forest College, July 2000-July 2002

Bird Award for Intellectual Contributions to the Campus Community,
Lake Forest College, September 20, 2001

William L. Dunn Award for Teaching and Scholarly Promise, Lake Forest
College, 1996

Gustave E. Beerly, Jr. Assistant Professorship, 1995-99

Texas Exes Award for Excellence in Assistant Teaching, University of Texas, 1990

Selected Courses Taught

Communication 275: Introduction to Film Studies
MLS Seminar: Sound and Image
Philosophy 115: Worth: Philosophy and Economics
Philosophy 156: Logic and Styles of Argument
Philosophy 200: Philosophy of Gender
Philosophy 245: Philosophy of Humans and Animals
Philosophy 260: Aesthetics
Philosophy 290: Ancient Greek Philosophy
Philosophy 291: 17th and 18th Century Western Philosophy
Philosophy 305: Gender and Character

Selected Publications

Books

Taste and the Household: The “Domestic Aesthetic” and Moral Reasoning. author (State University of New York Press, October 2001)

Thinking About Gender: A Historical Anthology. editor and commentary. (Harcourt-Brace College Publishers, 1997)

Book Chapters

“Grief and the Memnonics of Place: A Thank You Note,” in Passion, Death, and Spirituality: The Philosophy of Robert C. Solomon (Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures). Kathleen Higgins and David Sherman, eds. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Publishers, 2012

The Aesthetics of Playtime Recycling,” in The Aesthetics of Human Environments, edited by Arnold Berleant and Allen Carlson. Broadview Press, 2007.  Based on a presentation, “Recycling Aesthetics,”  (American Society for Aesthetics Fall 2002 Conference, October 31, 2002.) 

“Domestic Aesthetics,” contribution to Aesthetics in Perspective, edited by Kathleen Higgins, (Harcourt-Brace College Publishers, 1995).

“Persian Philosophy” (with Homayoon Sepasi), chapter of From Africa to Zen: an Introduction to World Philosophy, edited by Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen Higgins, (Rowman and Littlefield, 1993; 2nd edition, 2003)

Articles

“Dogs and Birds in Plato.” Philosophy and Literature. Forthcoming.

“Falsely, Sanely, Shallowly: Reflections on the Special Character of Grief.”  International Journal Of Applied Philosophy 19, no. 1 (2005): 139-56.

“Six Books on Design” (article length review), Buchanan, Richard, and Margolin, Victor, eds. Discovering Design: Explorations in Design Studies. (University of Chicago Press, 1995; Doordan, Dennis, ed. Design History: An Anthology (Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 1996; Jobling, Paul, and Crowley, David. Graphic Design: Reproduction and Representation Since 1800 (Manchester University Press, 1997); Kress, Gunther, and van Leeuwen, Theo. Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design (London: Routledge, 1996); Margolin, Victor, and Buchanan, Richard, eds. The Idea of Design. (Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 1996); Palmer, Jerry, and Dodson, Mo, eds. Design and Aesthetics: A Reader (London: Routledge, 1996) for The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 58, no. 1 (2000): 76-80.

“Comic and Tragic Interlocutors and Socratic Method.” Teaching Philosophy 22, no. (1999): 361-75.

Reviews

Review, Stern, Radu. Against Fashion: Clothing as Art, 1850-1930. (MIT Press, 2004); Troy, Nancy J. Couture Culture: A Study in Modern Art and Fashion.  (MIT Press, 2003),  (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 63.2, 2005).

Review Fussell, Paul.  Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear. Houghton Mifflin,  2002. (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62.1, 2003).

Review, Di Battista, Maria. Fast-Talking Dames. Yale University Press, 2001. (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 61.4, 2003)

De la Haye, Amy, and Wilson, Elizabeth, eds.  Defining Dress: Dress as Object, Meaning and Identity.  Manchester University Press, 1999. (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 61: 1, 2003)

Review, Kenji Ekuan, The Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998), (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 57.4, 1999).

Selected Conference Presentations

“The Aesthetics of Playtime Recycling.” The American Society for Aesthetics, 60th annual meeting, October 31, 2002. For panel on recycling aesthetics, with Yuriko Saito, Cynthia Rostankowski, and Kathleen Higgins.

“Philosophy in Fashion and Fashion in Philosophy”, Conference, “Comparativism: Cultural Studies Across the Disciplines”, University of Texas at Austin, October 6th, 1990

Selected Talks

“Grief and the Memnonics of Place: A Thank You Note,” Talk given in honor of Robert C. Solomon, The Robert C. Solomon Memorial conference, Austin, Texas, February 16, 2008 (reprinted as above)

“Socrates, The Simpsons, and Getting in Over Your Head,” Lake Forest College Matriculation Fall 2000; August 30, 2000