Andy Hamilton teaches Philosophy, and also History and Aesthetics of Jazz, at Durham University, UK. He was also until recently Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia, Perth, and has taught music aesthetics at Hong Kong University.
He specialises in aesthetics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, J.S. Mill and Wittgenstein, and has published The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Wittgenstein and "On Certainty" (2014), The Self In Question: Memory, the Body and Self-Consciousness (Palgrave, 2013), Scruton's Aesthetics, edited with Nick Zangwill (Palgrave, 2011), Aesthetics and Music (Continuum, 2007), Lee Konitz: Conversations on the Improviser's Art (University of Michigan Press, 2007), and The Aesthetics of Rhythm, edited with Max Paddison is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. At the moment he is working on monographs on Art and Entertainment, and on The Claim of Art. He is also producing a book of conversations with improvising pianist Steve Beresford, and a volume on the aesthetics of improvisation.
Andy is a long-standing contributor to "The Wire", "Jazz Journal" and "International Piano" magazines, interviewing and writing features on jazz and classical musicians and composers such as Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Elliott Carter, Kaija Saariaho and Christian Wolff.
He is also a jazz pianist.
Ludwig Wittgenstein is arguably the most important philosopher of the twentieth century. In On Certainty he discusses central issues in epistemology, including the nature of knowledge and scepticism. Read more