Brandon Cooke, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Address: 218S (Armstrong Hall (AH 218S)
Phone: (507) 389-2012


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A. in Music from the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Certificate in East Asian Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park

Brandon Cooke specializes in aesthetics and ethics.  His recent research projects include the relation between an artist’s intentions and the meaning of her artwork, the ethics of artwork creation and engagement, the ethics of imagining, and some epistemological questions about photography. 

Cooke was the Lingnan Foundation Teaching Scholar (at Lingnan University, Hong Kong) in 2008 – 9. He is a past president and vice-president of the Minnesota Philosophical Society. Before coming to MSU, Cooke was a visiting assistant professor at Auburn University and a visiting lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park.  In between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he worked for the Discovery Channel, the US government as a behavioral biology research assistant, and the University of Maryland as an admission counselor.  He also spent a year teaching English in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program.

Recent Publications:
Cooke. Brandon. “When Art Can’t Lie.” British Journal of Aesthetics 59.3 (July 2019): 259-271.

Cooke, Brandon. “ ‘Guilty’ Pleasures are Often Worthwhile Pleasures.” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 9.1 (March 2019): 105-109.

Cooke, Brandon. “Drawing from Life.” British Journal of Aesthetics 55.4 (October 2015): 449-464.

Cooke, Brandon. “Ethics and Fictive Imagining.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 72.3 (Summer 2014): 317-27.

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