Elisabeth Schellekens

Author of Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? and Aesthetics and Morality, Elisabeth Schellekens teaches the Philosophy of Art, Emotion and Mind at the University of Durham.

Author of Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? and Aesthetics and Morality, Elisabeth Schellekens teaches the Philosophy of Art, Emotion and Mind at the University of Durham.

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