Stephen D. Snyder, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy

Fatih University



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Dubrovnik, Philosophy of Art Conference, April 2012


Saint Louis University, Ph.D., Philosophy (2006)

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.  Stephen Snyder is teaching philosophy and living in Istanbul.


Current Projects 


Late Antique Eastern Roman and Byzantine Art


        The main focus of his recent work entails the application of his communicative theory of art to the morphological shift that occurred as Byzantine art emerged from the art of late Antiquity.  This research project has been funded by a grant from Fatih University.


        As part of his research project, he traveled to Antakya, Gaziantep and Midyat in Eastern Turkey to photograph mosaics, art and architecture of the second sophisticate and late antiquity.


        At the 2012 College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles, he presented the paper "Emblems of Power and the Changing Function of Art in the Eastern Roman Empire," in the Expanding the Boundaries of Rome: New Research in Early and Late Roman Art session. 


        He also presented the results of his research at the 2012 Philosophy of Art conference at the Inter-U Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia. There, he read the paper, "Ritual Viewing and Ritual Action."  In 2013, he presented “Fate, Providence and the Transformation of the Wheel of Fortune: The Effect of Worldview on Symbolic Development”


        In July 2013, he will present these findings at the International Congress for Aesthetics in Krakow, Poland.  The paper is titled “Crossed Paths: The Fate of the Wheel of Fortune and the ‘Inner logic’ of Symbolic Development.”


The End of Art – Changes in 20th Century Art.


        He has completed a manuscript, titled The End of Art and the Dialectic of Imagination.


The manuscript takes as its starting point the end-of-art theories of Hegel, Nietzsche and Danto.  The examination of the theories of these three thinkers becomes a point of departure for a new understanding of philosophy’s relationship to art.    Each of the theories discussed presents the end-of-art as the eventuality of 19th century classically-influenced representational art ceasing to be the prevalent style of artistic creation.  The cause of this ‘end’, for Hegel, Nietzsche and Danto, is rooted in philosophy’s relationship to the aesthetic experience.  The main theme of the book focuses on the question of whether art aids in achieving higher knowledge, a means to an end, or if it is a form of visual communication that embodies at least some of the rational structures philosophy claims as its own.


        In March, he presented the following paper, “Arthur Danto’s Andy Warhol: The Embodiment of Theory in Art and the Pragmatic Turn,” at Faculty Colloquium, Boğaziçi University.  This paper summarizes some of the main themes of the manuscript.


Turkish Language Reform


        He has also written on the political and aesthetic repercussions of the Turkish language reform, focusing on the reformation of metaphor and the struggle to ‘articulate’ the public sphere. 


        In June 2013, he returned to the University of Mainz as a visiting scholar in the Erasmus Foundation’s faculty exchange.  In Mainz, he conducted a seminar on the aesthetic and political effects of the Turkish language reform. 


        While in Mainz, he and Angela Hamilton co-presented “The Power of Naming: Nietzsche’s Aesthetic Transvaluation, Latife Tekin’s Magical Realism, and the Gezi Park Çapulcular,” at a joint forum with the Philosophy and Turkish Studies departments. 


Pluralism and Conflict Conference


In addition, he co-organized the conference Pluralism and Conflict: Distributive Justice Beyond Rawls and Consensus at Fatih University,  June 6–8 2013, with Manuel Knoll and Nurdane Şimşek.


At the conference, he presented the paper “Changing Human Nature:  A Case for Intergenerational Justice.”


Stephen Snyder's C.V.

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