University, Ph.D., Philosophy
University, M.A. Program, Philosophy
University, B.A., Philosophy/Computer Science
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.
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.