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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Brandon Cooke

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Brandon Cooke

Department Chair

Professor of Philosophy

Email: cooke at
Office: 218S Armstrong Hall




  • B.A. (Music) , B.S. (Mathematics), Cert (East Asian Studies) University of Maryland College Park, 1993
  • Ph.D. (Philosophy) University of St. Andrews, 2003

Areas of Research

  • Aesthetics
  • Ethics

Representative Publications

  • "When Art Can't Lie", British Journal of Aesthetics, forthcoming
  • "Drawing from Life", British Journal of Aesthetics, October 2015.
  • "Ethics and Fictive Imagining", Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, August 2014.
  • "On the Ethical Distinction between Art and Pornography", in Art and Pornography, Hans Maes and Jerrold Levinson, eds, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • "It's Okay to Be Evil in Your Head", in Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy, Jon Cogburn and Mark Silcox, eds, Open Court Press, 2012.
  • "Aesthetics: Research Methods and Problems", in The Continuum Companion to Aesthetics, Anna Christina Ribeiro, ed, Continuum Books, 2012.
  • "Imagining Art", British Journal of Aesthetics, January 2007.
  • "Critical Pluralism Unmasked", British Journal of Aesthetics, July 2002.

Work Experience

  • Professor of Philosophy, Minnesota State University, Mankato (July 2015 - present)
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Minnesota State University, Mankato (August 2010 - June 2015)
  • Lingnan Foundation Teaching Scholar, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (August 2008 - June 2009)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Minnesota State University, Mankato (August 2005 - July 2010)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Auburn University (August 2002 - June 2005)
  • Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Maryland at College Park (January 2001 - May 2001)


  • American Philosophical Association
  • American Society for Aesthetics
  • British Society for Aesthetics
  • Minnesota Philosophical Society (2011-2012 President, 2010-2011 Vice President)
  • Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love