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Kristin Elizabeth Boyce

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Faculty Fellow, Shackouls Honors College Room: 120 George Hall & 210C Griffis Hall


  • Ph. D., University of Chicago, 2012
  • A.M., in Religious Studies, University of Chicago
  • B.A. in Mathematics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Research Interests

  • Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
  • History of Early Analytic Philosophy
  • Wittgenstein


“Analytic Philosophy of Literature,” Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature, Noel Carroll and John Gibson, eds. (Routledge, December 2015).

“What Did James Show his Readers in The Wings of the Dove?” in The Henry James Review 35.1 (February 2014).

“The Thinking Body: Philosophy, Dance and Modernism” in Thinking Through Dance, ed. J. Bunker, A Pakes and B. Crowell (Dance Books, 37-51).

Review of Graham McFee’s Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance, Dance Research 30.2 Winter, 207-9

“Literature, Logic and the Liberating Word: The Elucidation of Confusion in Henry James,” Journal of Philosophical Research 35, 43-87


“In the Condition of Philosophy: Philosophy, Literature and The Sacred Fount” in Wittgenstein and Literary Modernism, eds. Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé and Michael LeMahieu (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016)

“Review of Jonathan Lear’s A Case for Irony, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2016)

“Turning the Quarrel into a Conversation: Philosophy, Theater and Love in Hedda Gabler” invited contribution to The Oxford Companion to Hedda Gabler, Kristin Gjesdal ed. (Oxford: Oxford, 2016)

“Ethics, Aesthetics and Nonsense: Elucidating the Unity of Truth, Beauty and Goodness,” invited contribution to Ethics and the Limits of Sense: Essays on Wittgenstein and Value, ed. Reshef Agam-Segal and Edmund Dain (Routledge, 2017).

“Film and Fine Art,” invited contribution to The Palgrave Handbook for the Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures, edited by Noël Carroll, Laura Teresa Di Summa-Knoop, and Shawn Loht. (Palgrave, 2018).


Why Wander into Fiction? Analytic Philosophy, Literature and the Condition of Modernism