David Collins



2022-2023 SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford



2014-2021 PhD Philosophy, McGill University
2012-2014 MA Philosophy, Ryerson University
2002-2005 MFA Film, York University
1998-2002 BFA Film, York University



The Moral Psychology of Trust (co-edited with Iris Vidmar Jovanovic and Mark Alfano), Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield.


"Trust in the Artist and the Audience: Aesthetic Virtue and the Hermeneutics of Faith" (co-authored with Iris Vidmar Jovanovic), in D. Collins, I. Vidmar Jovanovic, and M. Alfano (eds.), The Moral Psychology of Trust, Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield: 313-332.

2023 "Romantic and Post-Romantic Conceptions of Artistic Expression: From Kant to Collingwood," in Bloomsbury History of Modern Aesthetics (online).
2022 "Two or Three Incompatibilities between Art and Technology", in I. Vidmar Jovanovic & V. M. Stupnik (eds.), Social and Technological Aspects of Art, University of Rijeka Press: 43-66.
2021 "Davies and Levinson on the Musical Expression of Emotion: What's the Problem?", Croatian Journal of Philosophy 21: 71-92.
2020 "The Importance of Imagination/Phantasia for the Moral Psychology of Virtue Ethics", in K. Moser & A. Sukla (eds.), Imagination and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory, Brill: 174-205.
2020 "The Other Academic Dishonesty: Why Grade Inflation is Ethically Wrong", Canadian Journal of Practical Philosophy 4: 1-24.
2019 "(When) Is 'Engaged' Art Existentially Authentic? de Beauvoir contra Sartre", in I. Vidmar Jovanovic (ed.), Narrative Art, Knowledge and Ethics, University of Rijeka Press: 123-173.

My primary research in aesthetics focuses on the concept of artistic expression and the nature and value of art, where this includes both artistic value, or what makes something good qua art, and the ways in which art can be valuable - e.g., cognitively, socially/politically, and morally.  My work in aesthetics intersects with moral philosophy and with areas of philosophy of mind relating to imagination, emotion, and perception.  I have strong secondary research interests in the neo-Aristotelian virtue ethical tradition and Beauvoir's Ethics of Ambiguity, and in the philosophy of R.G. Collingwood, as well as side interests relating to trust, autonomy, technology, classical American pragmatism, and process metaphysics."