My Story

I came to philosophy through an interest in art. In particular, I was drawn to the relation between art, culture, philosophy, and politics that was the focus of much German philosophy in the post-Enlightenment era. Following a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Marburg, Germany, I did good deal of world traveling before beginning a PhD program in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. My dissertation topic, on the intersection of G.W.F. Hegel’s aesthetics and social/political philosophy, has since developed into a broad range of articles in aesthetics, political philosophy, and German philosophy, as well as a book manuscript currently underway that examines the often neglected aesthetic aspect of current cultural and political issues through a Hegelian lens.

Jay Miller
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  • B.A., College of William and Mary
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Art
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • European Philosophy
  • Black Mountain College

Courses Taught

  • PHI 2510: Philosophy of Art
  • PHI 2560: Political Philosophy
  • PHI 2300: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Identity
  • PHI 2501: Philosophy and Art at Black Mountain College

Crews and Other Activities

  • Chair - Public Art and Cultural Commission, City of Asheville

Contact Dr. Miller

(828) 771-3183
Jensen 301
WWC CPO 6183

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000