Michael Spicher, Ph.D.

Director and Founder, Aesthetics Research Lab

The Aesthetics Research Lab was founded in 2016 as a digital think tank and resource for theoretical and practical issues in aesthetics. The site is run and curated by Michael Spicher.

Dr. Spicher has spent the last twenty years studying how aesthetics permeates our lives for the better. He earned a PhD in philosophy focusing on aesthetics and political philosophy from the University of South Carolina, where he also designed courses in literature and contemporary moral issues and philosophy of art and aesthetics. He previously taught at Boston University. Currently he serves as the aesthetics area editor for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy; an editor for the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (published by MIT Press); and a lecturer at both Boston Architectural College and Mass College of Art and Design, where he is teaching a new course, “The Philosophy and Science of Beauty.”

In addition to scholarly publications on aesthetic taste, aesthetic experience, history of aesthetics, and the sublime, Dr. Spicher regularly gives talks and writes for general and specialized audiences.

He lives in Boston.