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Professor Clive Cazeaux  BA MA PhD

Clive CazeauxProfessor of Aesthetics
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ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7495-0832

Specialist Subject Areas

• the philosophies of metaphor and artistic research
• continental aesthetics, especially Kant and phenomenology
• ecological aesthetics and listening as responses to dualistic subject–object thought


PhD in Philosophy, University of Wales
MA in Philosophy, University of Wales
BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of London, Goldsmiths


I studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London (1984-87), and it was the questions I encountered there concerning the nature of representation in drawing which led me to Philosophy. An MA in Philosophy at Cardiff University allowed me to locate these questions in Kant’s theory of knowledge (1989-90), and prepared the ground for my PhD study – at the Technische Universität, Berlin (1992), and at Cardiff University (1990-95) – on how recent theories of metaphor in art and science can be informed by Kantian philosophy.

In 1995 I was appointed Lecturer in Philosophy at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, part of the University of Central England as it was then. I took up a Senior Lectureship in Aesthetics at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, one year later. From 2003 I was Programme Leader for BA Art and Philosophy, and from 2007 to 2016 I was Head of Research Degrees in Cardiff School of Art and Design. I became Professor of Aesthetics in 2012.

Current research

Much of my research is driven by an interest in metaphor or how one thing can be about something else, e.g. ‘architecture is frozen music’ (Schelling), ‘the insect voice of the clock’ (Orwell). Behind this is a fascination for how things are grouped together or classified as one kind of thing, and the consequences of this compartmentalization for knowledge and thinking. On the one hand, metaphor relies upon compartmentalization by applying one thing to another but, on the other, it rejects it by claiming that two different things are the same. Furthermore, the claim made by a metaphor is nonsensical yet striking and insightful. How can this be? Consideration has to be given, I think, to the nature of concepts, and how it is that any one concept can be both a centre of familiar meaning, while also entertaining connections with concepts that are alien or remote.

I am currently working on the significance of appearance, or becoming manifest to the senses, for philosophy. The consequences of Berkeley’s and Kant’s assertions that concepts require or entail sensory content, I think, have yet to be fully realized. This work will take the form of a series of articles and then a book.

I am also writing a book on the philosophy of audio drama, due for publication in 2023. Every art form – dance, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts – has philosophy books devoted to it, exploring the questions and possibilities that are raised by the form. Every art form, that is, except one: radio drama or audio drama.

My book will locate the nature and scope of audio drama within key concepts and debates from phenomenology, philosophical aesthetics, and the philosophies of technology and sound. It will also present audio drama as an art form that can be artistically inventive in ways that either match or exceed the dynamism claimed for other arts.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

View Prof Cazeaux’ papers and publications on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s DSpace repository.

Articles and chapters

2021 Image and indeterminacy in Heidegger's schematism. Ergo. Forthcoming.

2021 Which ‘Martin Creed’? Or switching from insignificance to significance. In Aesthetics, Philosophy and Conceptual Art, eds. E. Schelleckens and D. Dal Sasso. London: Bloomsbury, pp. TBC.

2019 Art, philosophy and the connectivity of concepts: Ricoeur and Deleuze and Guattari. In Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology 6:1, pp. 21–40.

2017 Aesthetics as ecology, or the question of form in eco-art. In Extending Ecocriticism: Crisis, Collaboration and Challenges in the Environmental Humanities, eds. P. Barry and W. Welstead. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 149-69.

2016 Epistemology and sensation. In Sage Encyclopaedia of Theory in Psychology, ed. H. Miller. Thousand Oaks: Sage, pp. 294-7.

2015 The aesthetics of the scientific image. Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, vol. 2.2, pp. 1-23.

2015 Insights from the metaphorical nature of making. Lo Sguardo, vol 17.1, pp. 373-91. Online.

2013 Leading Plato into the darkroom. In On Perfection: An Artists’ Symposium, ed. J. Longhurst. Bristol: Intellect, pp. 65-83.

2012 Sensation as participation in visual art. Aesthetic Pathways vol.2.2, pp. 2-30.

2012 Deconstructing and reconstructing artists with PhDs. In Beyond Deconstruction, ed. A. Martinengo. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 107-34.

2010 Beauty is not in the eye-stalk of the beholder. In Doctor Who and Philosophy, eds. P. Smithka and C. Lewis. Chicago: Open Court, pp. 313-24.

2009 Locatedness and the objectivity of interpretation in practice-based research. Working Papers in Art and Design, vol. 5. Online.

2008 Inherently interdisciplinary: four perspectives on practice-based research. Journal of Visual Arts Practice, vol. 7, pp. 107-32.


2000 The Continental Aesthetics Reader. London: Routledge.

2017 Art, Research, Philosophy. Abingdon: Routledge.

2011 The Continental Aesthetics Reader. Abingdon: Routledge. Expanded, second edition.

2007 Metaphor and Continental Philosophy: From Kant to Derrida. New York: Routledge.

2000 The Continental Aesthetics Reader. London: Routledge.

1992 Immanuel Kant: Critical Assessments, co-edited with Ruth Chadwick. London: Routledge.

Supervision of Doctoral Research (titles or broad areas of investigation)

I am interested in supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

· the philosophy of metaphor
· the philosophy of the senses
· ecological aesthetics, including alternatives to subject–object thinking
· art or design practice-based research that engages with philosophy
· art or design as philosophy
· the relationship between theory and practice in art or design
· the philosophy of writing, including art writing.