The Aesthetics & Ethics Research Group (AERG) was founded by Nils-Hennes Stear, Adriana Clavel-Vázquez, and Panos Paris with a view to promoting philosophical research at the intersection of aesthetics and ethics, and to facilitating the exchange of ideas and collaboration between researchers working in that area, broadly construed.
Nils-Hennes Stear is an aesthetics postdoc at Auburn University. Before this he was a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Southampton and a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, UNAM. He completed his PhD at the University of Michigan in 2016. He has published on various topics and is currently writing a book on the moralism debate, which is under contract with OUP.
Adriana Clavel-Vázquez is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, working on a project on the ethics of imagination. She was previously a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Hull and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, where she obtained her PhD. Her research is located at the intersection of aesthetics, the philosophy of mind, and ethics. Her work mainly focuses on understanding the relation between ethical and aesthetic values of artworks, the role of embodiment in imaginative exercises, and the ethics of the imagination.
Panos Paris is a lecturer in philosophy at Cardiff University and a Trustee of the British Society of Aesthetics. Panos worked previously as an Associate Lecturer at the University of York and as Associate Tutor at Birkbeck, University of London. His work is in aesthetics, ethics, and the relationship between them. He has published articles on moral beauty and the moralism debate in aesthetics, on ugliness, and on moral psychology. Panos is currently developing a theory of beauty, and critically examining naturalistic accounts of ethical and aesthetic value, in the hopes of working out a naturalistic theory of value, wherein beauty plays a central role. He also recently begun thinking about ways in which cinematic works can be moral or immoral.