Edited Collections (click on title for more information)

Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind, co-edited with Gregory Currie, Aaron Meskin and Jon Robson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)

Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art, co-edited with Gregory Currie, Aaron Meskin and Margaret Moore, Vol. 75, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Knowing Art: Essays in Aesthetics and Epistemology, co-edited with Dominic McIver Lopes (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007) Philosophical Studies Series 

Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006)

Narrative Understanding, A Special Issue of Philosophical Papers, Vol. 32, No. 3, Nov. 2003

Imagination, Philosophy and the Arts, co-edited with Dominic McIver Lopes (London: Routledge, 2003)

Media Ethics (London: Routledge, 1998)



Revealing Art : Why Art Matters (London: Routledge, 2004) and translated into Korean and Chinese

‘…a fine discussion of one of the most important topics in aesthetics: the value of art. Its arguments and conclusions are both original and accessible to a broad audience.' Robert Stecker, Central Michigan University USA

‘Matthew Kieran offers an urbane, broad-minded, humanistic vision of the enduring values of art from Poussin to Matisse to conceptualism, delighting in the multi-facetedness of art and quietly admonishing those with moralistic or fashion-driven prejudices.' Peter Lamarque, University of York UK

'Kieran is a philosopher with the nerve of an art critic, who, in the manner of Arthur Danto, comfortably exchanges his roles…[RA] brings forth with vivid detail the durable effects of artworks … makes a strong case for the complexity and power of art.' Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 64 (2): 285–87


Media and Values : Intimate Transgressions in a Changing Moral and Cultural Landscape, co-authored with David Morrison, Michael Svennevig and Sarah Ventress (Bristol: Intellect, 2008) and distrib. by University of Chicago Press in the USA

'There are great riches here: from the interviews with senior media executives . . . to the discussion of popular television culture's celebration of celebrity'. John Lloyd, Prospect

This profoundly original and learned book creatively illuminates citizens’ moral reasoning about the media, culture, and government. A tour de force of nuanced interdisciplinary scholarship, Media & Values offers wide-ranging insights into the responsibilities of the communication industry, the justifications and consequences of telecoms regulation—and the nature of the good society itself.Robert M. Entman, J. B. and M. C. Shapiro Professor of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University

'This is a very important book—a ‘must read.’ The intellectual scope is astonishing: the problem it addresses is quite crucial—namely the moral incoherence of the contemporary world and the way that this shows up in empirical research into individual attitudes/opinions/tastes/judgements. It is clearly a cumulative critical reassessment of the implications of research going back to the sixties. It’s original, powerful, thoughtful and spot-on as a diagnosis of the times and the very real issues we confront today. A major piece of work.Paddy Scannell, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan


Media Ethics : A Philosophical Approach (Westport, CT.: Praeger 1997/1999)

‘In this ground clearing book Matthew Kieran provides the first sustained look at this topic by an analytic philosopher. With clarity and penetration, he examines issues ranging from journalism to pornography. His views may be sometimes controversial, but they are always stimulating and thoughtfully argued. This book opens new territory for philosophy. I predict that Kieran's book will launch a generation of media and philosophy courses throughout the English-speaking world.' Professor Noel Carroll, City University, New York