Appreciation in the performing arts
Philosophy of law and culture as it pertains to the arts
Specializing in Aesthetics, particularly in contemporary philosophy of art, including dance, theatre and performance.
Assistant Professor, College of the Arts: Philosophy department, University of Dayton (UD), Dayton, Ohio (2012-present)
Humanities Commons Coordinator of the University of Dayton
UD Philosophy Department Advisory committee member
CAS Prelaw committee
Selected downloadable list and text of Dr. Bresnahan’s publications at University of Dayton’s ECommons.
“Improvisation in the Arts,” Philosophy Compass, 2015.
[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.
[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.
“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.
“Dancing in Time.” In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Temporal Experience, 339-348, edited by Ian Phillips. London: Routledge, 2017.
“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.
“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.
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.
RESEARCH RESOURCE: Dance Research Journal Table of Contents from 2008 to the present