My name is Vanessa Brassey.
I am a Doctor of Philosophy and a Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College, London. This autumn I will be teaching undergraduate students Ethics, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Medicine, and MA students Aesthetics & Philosophy of Art. My research lies at the intersection of the Philosophy of Art and the Philosophy of Perception. In my thesis, 'What Makes a Painting sad?', I investigate the expression of emotion in paintings. The systematic question animating my thesis is: what are the conditions that make seeing emotions in a painting possible? The answer involves unpacking an under-theorised feature of the phenomenon, namely perspective. The thesis includes the usual romp through the existing literature.
I also paint and I catalogue my pictures on instagram.
On this website you will find information relevant to my work in philosophy.