Dr. Aili Bresnahan

Dr. Aili Bresnahan

Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Humanities Commons Coordinator
at the University of Dayton Arts & Sciences/Dayton/Ohio (2012-present)


Sparkly blue sphere bullet  Ph.D., Philosophy/Temple University/Philadelphia/Pennsylvania
Sparkly blue sphere bullet J.D., Law/Georgetown University Law Center/Washington, D. C.
Sparkly blue sphere bullet  B.A., Philosophy/Columbia University/New York City/New York

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American Pragmatism
Appreciation in the performing arts
Intentional action
Philosophy of law and culture as it pertains to the arts


Soft Hot pink sphere bullet  Specializing in Aesthetics, particularly in contemporary philosophy of art, including dance, theatre and performance.

Rich purple gridded sphere bullet  Assistant Professor, College of the Arts: Philosophy department, University of Dayton (UD), Dayton, Ohio (2012-present)
Rich purple gridded sphere bullet  Humanities Commons Coordinator of the University of Dayton
Rich purple gridded sphere bullet  UD Philosophy Department Advisory committee member
Rich purple gridded sphere bullet  CAS Prelaw committee

Rich purple gridded sphere bullet  Served as Vice-Chair for the Diversity Committee of the American Society for Aesthetics
Rich purple gridded sphere bullet  Aesthetics Editor for The Philosophers’ Magazine
Rich purple gridded sphere bullet  Founder and moderator of the DancePhilosophers Google group


Dr. Bresnahan with other dancers at a dance-interactive panel on “Dance as Embodied Ethics” for the Performance Philosophy conference at the Academy of Sciences and the Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, in the summer of 2017
Dr. Bresnahan (second from right) with MFA in Dance students at the Mason Gross Center for the Arts at Rutgers University after a public lecture and workshop on the aesthetics of dance improvisation



Dr. Bresnahan Chairing the American Society for Aesthetics Eastern Division meeting for Spring 2016 in Philadelphia, PA

Rich purple gridded sphere bullet  American Society of Aesthetics (ASA) Eastern Division organizer for 2016

Shiny reflecting purple sphere bullet  Dr. Bresnahan’s Artists Matter website

Shiny reflecting purple sphere bullet  Dr. Bresnahan’s C.V.

Shiny reflecting purple sphere bullet  Dr. Bresnahan’s Research Focus

Shiny reflecting purple sphere bullet  Linked bibliography for the Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy article “The Philosophy of Dance” by Aili Bresnahan


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Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  Dr. Aili Bresnahan’s publications at Google Scholar


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Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  Selected downloadable list and text of Dr. Bresnahan’s publications at University of Dayton’s ECommons.

Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  “Improvisation in the Arts,” Philosophy Compass, 2015.


Colloquium: The Aesthetics of Rhythm blurb

Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  [Forthcoming in 2018–in press] “Dance Rhythm.” In The Aesthetics of Rhythm : Science, Philosophy, Music, Dance, Poetics, edited by Andy Hamilton and Max Paddison. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  [Forthcoming in 2018] with Michael Deckard. “Beauty in Disability: An Aesthetics for Dance and for Life.” In Dance and Quality of Life, Social Indicators Research Series, edited by Karen E. Bond and Sally M. Gardner. Netherlands: Springer.


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Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  “Dance Appreciation: The View from the Audience.” In Aesthetics: A Reader in the Philosophy of the Arts, 4th edition, 347-350, edited by David Goldblatt, Lee Brown, and Stephanie Patridge. New York: Routledge, 2017.


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Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  “Dancing in Time.” In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Temporal Experience, 339-348, edited by Ian Phillips. London: Routledge, 2017.


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Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  “The Philosophy of Dance,” in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (principal editor), http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dance/, first published January 12, 2015.


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Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  “Improvisational Artistry in Live Dance Performance As Embodied and Extended Agency,” in Dance Research Journal, 45 (1) (April 2014): 84-94. Publisher: Cambridge University Press.


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Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  Review of The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance: Identity, Performance, and Understanding by Graham McFee, Dance Research Journal, 45 (2) (August 2013): 142–145.


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Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  “Diversified Philosophy,” in The Philosophers’ Magazine, 1st Quarter 2018.


Dr. Bresnahan presenting on “The Philosophy of Dance: What and Why?” Fall, 2016 at a Dayton community Pecha Kucha event

Invited Lectures, Aesthetics Forum, Institute for Logic, Cognition, Language, and Information (ILCLI), University of the Basque Country, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain (June 2017): “Improvising Dance” (first day), and “Interpretation in Dance Performing” (second day).

Invited Lecture, Dialogues on Dance, Philosophy, and Performance in the Contemporary Neoliberal Moment Conference, University of Coventry, UK (June 2017): “Dancing Together: How Dance Involves Lived, Shared, and Interconnected Experience.” Organized by the University of Coventry, the University of Brunel (London), the Performance Philosophy Institute (Surrey), and supported by the British Society for Aesthetics.

Invited Lecture and Seminar Workshop, Rutgers University Dance Department MFA Program, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ (March 2017): “The Aesthetics of Dance Improvisation: A Challenge for Philosophy.” Co-sponsored by the Rutgers Philosophy Department and by the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities. Here I provided a public address and then held a seminar the next day with the Rutgers Dance Department MFA program students.

Earth continents in 3d gold cutout bullet Dr. Bresnahan’s Quora Profile page and links to her answers to Quora questions (pictured below)


Swirling pink purple sphere bullet  RESEARCH RESOURCE: Dance Research Journal Table of Contents from 2008 to the present