Dr. James O. Young

Dr. James O. Young

“The wise in every age conclude,
What Pyrrho taught and Hume renewed,
That dogmatists are fools.”

Thomas Blacklock, Scottish poet, (1721-91)

Dr. James O. Young, philosopher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, CANADA and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) in 2015, discusses ontological questions in the philosophy of jazz Saturday afternoon. Click on his C. V. to see his course of life.


Dr. Young works on both philosophy of language, focusing on theories of truth and the debate between realists and anti-realists, and in philosophy of art, particularly music. He investigates art as a source of knowledge, and reflects on ontological and moral questions raised by the arts.

He is currently working on relativism and realism about the truth values of aesthetic judgements and on a project on intellectual property in the arts.


Dr. Young is the author of:

Global anti-realism

  • Global Anti-realism (Avebury, 1995)
  • Art and Knowledge cover

  • Art and Knowledge (Routledge, 2001)
  • Cultural Appropriation and the Arts cover

  • Cultural Appropriation and the Arts (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008)
  • Critique of Pure Music

  • Critique of Pure Music (Oxford, 2014)
  • Charles Batteaux cover

  • He has translated, annotated and introduced Charles Batteux: The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle (Oxford, 2015).
  • Aesthetcs: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

  • He edited the four-volume collection Aesthetics: Critical Concepts in Philosophy (Routledge, 2005)
  • The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation cover

  • Co-edited The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) with Conrad Brunk.
  • Semantics of Aesthetic Judgements fake book cover

  • An edited collection, The Semantics of Aesthetic Judgements is forthcoming from Oxford and available for pre-order from Amazon.
  • In addition to his books, Dr. Young has written over fifty articles in refereed journals, including:

  • The British Journal of Aesthetics
  • The Canadian Journal of Philosophy
  • Dialogue
  • Erkenntnis
  • The Journal of Aesthetic Education
  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
  • The Journal of Philosophical Research
  • Metaphilosophy
  • The Monist
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
  • The Southern Journal of Philosophy
  • Synthese
  • Ratio
  • and other philosophical journals.
  • He has also published in journals of archaeology, musicology and psychology.  Several of his articles have been reprinted.  Some of his work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Russian. His contribution to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy was an article on the “Coherence Theory of Truth”.


    Professor James Young, FRSC has been awarded the Faculty of Humanities Research Excellence Award for 2015. The award recognizes demonstrated excellence in research and world-class scholarship during the past five academic years.


    Dr. Young has a practical as well as a philosophical interest in music. He is a (bad) harpsichordist and has been Artistic Director of the Early Music Society of the Islands for many years.

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