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Carolyn Korsmeyer papers (Ms.2017.003)

Brown University Library

Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: Manuscripts: 401-863-3723; University Archives: 401-863-2148
Email: Manuscripts: hay@brown.edu; University Archives: archives@brown.edu

Biographical / Historical

Born in 1950, Carolyn Korsmeyer is Professor of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo. Korsmeyer's research areas include feminist philosophy and the fields of aesthetics and emotion theory, with a special interest in the senses that have been traditionally neglected by philosophy: taste and touch.

Korsmeyer received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1972. In 1978, she began working as a professor of Philosophy at the University of Buffalo where she continues to work today as the Head of the Philosophy Department. Since beginning her career at the University of Buffalo, Korsmeyer has been recognized multiple times for her outstanding performance and continued achievements for her work both in and away from Philosophy.

During her long career, Korsmeyer has published multiple acclaimed articles and books on feminism and aesthetics. Notable publications include Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics, which concerns the appeal of disgust when it is aroused by works of art; Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy explores the gustatory sense and its aesthetic features; and Gender and Aesthetics, which analyzes gender and its influence on philosophical ideas. Korsmeyer's current book project, Things: In Touch with the Past, concerns the experience of "genuine" or "real" things, especially insofar as old things can bring connection to the past.

Korsmeyer is an active member of the Society for Women in Philosophy. The Feminist Theory Archive also holds the records of that organization.

(citation: http://www.carolynkorsmeyer.com/)