As a philosopher, Freeman has specialized in the area of aesthetics and the philosophy of art, in which he has concentrated on topics concerning the intersection between art and emotion. He has a particular interest in the philosophy of Richard Wollheim.
Recent publications and lectures
His publications and lectures in aesthetics cover a range of topics, include the following:
- Fiction: “The Paradox of Fiction”
- Sculpture: “Why Put Sculpture by the Sea?”
- American music and painting: “The Most Brilliant Stir-Fry”
- Figurative art: Figuring Out Figurative Art
Varieties of Experience
- Emotion: “The Lens of Emotion”
- Aesthetic experience: “Aesthetic Experience as the Transformation of Pleasure”
- The sublime: Sublime: the Pleasure of the Overwhelming
Art and Life
- Artistic expression: Art’s Emotions: ethics, expression and aesthetic experience
- Ethics and aesthetics: Morality at the Gallery
- Art criticism and philosophy: “Imaginatively Engaging with Paintings and Persons”
- Art collecting and collectors: “Roddy Meagher: a life in art”
Background in art, aesthetics, and philosophy
- To read more about Art’s Emotions and Freeman’s approach to aesthetics, click here.
- To read a talk that he gave to a local Rotary group, in which he sets out in layman’s terms his approach to philosophy, click here.
- To read some reviews he has written of recent books about aesthetics, click here: Book Reviews
- To find out more about his experience as an artist, click here.