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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Brandon Cooke

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Brandon Cooke


Associate Professor of Philosophy


  • BS in Mathematics (1993), University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA in Music (1993), University of Maryland, College Park
  • Certificate in East Asian Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Specializes in Aesthetics and Ethics


Courses Taught at MSU

  • PHIL 120W: Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 222W: Medical Ethics
  • PHIL 322W: Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 430: Metaphysics
  • PHIL 460: Philosophy of the Arts
  • PHIL 465: Philosophy of Film


Representative Publications

  • "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

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Minnesota State University, Mankato (August 2010 - present)
  • 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


E-mail: cooke at

Office: 224A Armstrong Hall