Stephen D. Snyder, Ph.D.
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Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
Boğaziši University

Dubrovnik, Philosophy of Art Conference, April 2012


Saint Louis University, Ph.D., Philosophy

Frankfurt University, M.A. Program, Philosophy

Manchester University, B.A., Philosophy/Computer Science

Research Areas
Dr. Snyder specializes in the philosophy of art, social and political philosophy, and nineteenth and twentieth century continental philosophy. He has particular interests in researching the communicative dimension of artistic practice. His research focuses on case studies that exhibit how shifts in a cultural value system are reflected in the visual arts and metaphor.

Current Research

In 2018 Palgrave McMillan is publishing Snyder's book The End-of-Art Philosophies of Hegel, Nietzsche and Danto.

Also forthcoming in 2018 is a collection of essays he is co-editing. The volume, New Perspectives on Distributive Justice, will be published by DeGruyter Press.

  • This spring Dr. Snyder will be in Georgia on a Fulbright research grant at the Institute of the History and Theory of Art, Tbilisi State University. The interdisciplinary project applies interpretive philosophy to early medieval Georgian religious art. The point of departure of the study is the shift in artistic style of pagan Hellenism to that of early Christianity/Byzantium. This brought sweeping changes in terms of how people understood divine causality and the expectations of their worldviews: the rejection of a stylistic perspective indicated a rejection of the worldview that used it. His project explores how the use of stylistic perspectives of different eras articulates resistance in the image of St. George killing Emperor Diocletian.

  • In August 2017 he presented “The Connection between inexplicability and Freedom: History as Narrative or Process?” at Boğaziši University in Istanbul.

  • In June 2017 he presented “Narrative Philosophy of History and the End of Art: Danto on Explanation and Freedom,” at the University of Hildesheim in Germany.

  • In September 2016, he presented “The Image of St. George Killing Diocletian: Worldview in Perspective as Resistance Art” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Intercultural Philosophy: The Strength, Power, and Force of Images from an Intercultural Perspective in Vienna.

  • In July 2016, he presented “Causality in Perspective: Resistance in the Image of St. George Killing Diocletian,” at the Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts in Tbilisi.

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