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 a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the University of Southampton, where he is the principal investigator for the Art & Ethics research project. Before this he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas at UNAM. He completed his PhD at the University of Michigan in 2016.
Adriana Clavel-Vázquez is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. After finishing her PhD at Sheffield in 2017, she spent a year as a lecturer at the University of Hull. 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 an Associate Lecturer at the University of York, an Associate Tutor at Birkbeck, University of London, and a Trustee of the British Society of Aesthetics. Panos works 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.