Andrew Kania

Andrew  Kania , Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Education   Subjects Taught

Ph.D. - University of Maryland, College Park

M.A. (first class honours) - University of Auckland

B.A. - University of Auckland


Philosophy of Music

Philosophy of Film

Philosophy of Gender


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I grew up making music - playing the violin and singing, mostly - but I also loved trying to think clearly about difficult philosophical questions - whether God exists, how you could know whether your experience was like anyone else's, and so on. One day I took a philosophy of art course, and realized I could combine these two passions. I've been trying to share that experience ever since.

Philosophy of the arts, like much philosophy, is a truly interdisciplinary field - to do it well you need to be not only a good philosopher (that is, a clear thinker), you also need an intimate knowledge of the art you're thinking about. Fortunately, many people already have an intimate knowledge of one art or another, as audience members if nothing else, so the challenge is to think clearly about something you usually simply enjoy, albeit often passionately.


"All Play and No Work: The Ontology of Jazz," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.


The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music, co-edited with Theodore Gracyk (Routledge, 2011).

"Silent Music," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68 (2010): 343-53.

Memento (Routledge "Philosophers on Film" series, 2009)

Trinity Involvement

I regularly participate in the Trinity drag show.

Andrew Kania

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Department of Philosophy
Trinity University
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San Antonio, TX 78212

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