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David Fenner


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Office: Building 10, Room 2333



Faculty Bio



Areas of Expertise

Aesthetics, Aristotle, Art Criticism, Artworld Ethics, Educational Ethics, Environmental Aesthetics, Environmental Ethics, Ethical Theory, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Film, Value Theory, Philosophy of Art, and Philosophy of Education


Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of St Andrews, Scotland (1995-96)

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Miami, Florida (1987-91)

M.A., Philosophy, University of Miami, Florida (1987-90)

B.A., English and Psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic College, Florida (1981-85)


David Fenner – Professor of Philosophy, Senior Fellow in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences -- joined UNF as a visiting assistant professor in 1992. In 1995-96 he was moved to a tenure track line but spent that year at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) on a post-doc funded by the Ford Foundation. In 2001 he earned tenure; in 2008 he was promoted to professor. He served as interim chair of the Philosophy Department and as dean of the Graduate School.
Fenner has taught 27 different courses – primarily Gen, Ed philosophy, theoretical and applied aesthetics, theoretical and applied ethics, and metaphysics. He has served on over 30 dissertation committees as well as several masters and undergraduate thesis committees. In 1996 he received a teaching award and in 2001 was named a “UNF Students’ Choice Professor.” He is an honorary member of Golden Key and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

Selected Publications

Books Authored

Art in Context (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press & Swallow Press, 2008).

Introducing Aesthetics (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group / Praeger Publishers Imprint, 2003).

The Aesthetic Attitude (Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1996).

Books Edited

Ethics in Education (New York: Garland Press, 1999).

Ethics and the Arts: An Anthology (New York: Garland Press, 1995).

Refereed Journal Articles

“Why Has Aesthetic Formalism Fallen on Hard Times?” Reason Papers, Forthcoming.

“Context Building and Educating Imaginative Engagement,” Journal of Aesthetic Education, 44:3 (Fall 2010), pp. 109-123.

“Formalism and the Consumable Arts,” Journal of Philosophical Research, 33 (July 2008), pp. 127-141.

“The Aesthetics of Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 20:2 (Fall 2006), pp. 311-330.

“The Acquisitive Attitude,” Journal of Aesthetic Education 40:4 (Winter 2006), pp. 39-50.

“Why Modifying (Some) Works of Art is Wrong,” American Philosophical Quarterly 43:4 (October 2006), pp. 329-341.

“Environmental Aesthetics and the Dynamic Object,” Ethics and the Environment 11:1 (Spring 2006), pp. 1-19.

“Production Theories and Artistic Value,” Contemporary Aesthetics 3 (2005),

“Why Was There So Much Ugly Art in the Twentieth Century?” Journal of Aesthetic Education 39:2 (Summer 2005), pp. 13-26.

“In Celebration of Imperfection,” Journal of Aesthetic Education 38:2 (Summer 2004), pp. 67-79.

“Artistic Value,” Journal of Value Inquiry 37:4 (2003), pp. 555-563.

“Aesthetic Appreciation in the Artworld and in the Natural World,” Environmental Values 12:1 (2003), pp. 3-28.

“Aesthetic Experience and Aesthetic Analysis,” Journal of Aesthetic Education 37:1 (Spring 2003), pp. 40-53.