Louis Doulas


b. 1989, Park Ridge, IL.
Currently based in New York.
Email: louisdoulas@gmail.com
Curriculum Vitae: August 31, 2014 [PDF]

Research Overview
My primary areas of interest are in metaphysics (causality; material constitution; metametaphysics; mereology; modality; naturalized metaphysics; properties; supervenience), philosophy of language (gradable adjectives; C.I. Pierce‚Äôs semiotics; reference), and philosophy of art (abstract objects; aesthetic discernability; artifacts; epistemic status of photographic documentation; author intention). I’m also interested in the practice and methods of art criticism.

1. Against Coincident Objects. I suggest that all our theories about material and spatial coincidence are bunk—they all operate under the assumption that there are two distinct objects before us. I put pressure on the coincidence modus operandi and argue the following: (i) coincidence is causally unmotivated and (ii) coincidence never actually happens. My more ambitious goal is as follows: give the impenetrability objection more force, and show by appeal to such that, coincidence is neither legitimate or necessary for explaining the modal and sortal properties of statue and lump, and furthermore that we can explain these differences while still upholding monism. 2014. [Email for a draft]
— Overviews, Summaries & Notes
1. Art: Definitions and Analyses. Notes for an informal philosophy of art reading group I lead from January to May. 2014.
2. Names and Reference. Abandoned and incomplete summary of descriptivism and direct reference theory. 2014.
3. Where is here? When is now? Who is I?. An overview of indexicality and some of its more metaphysical implications. 2013.

Art Writing
— Articles & Interviews
1. Versions of a Work. In-Progress, 2014. [Email for a draft]
2. Dark Machines: Wyatt Niehaus. Art in America, July 16, 2014.
3. What are Casual Essays?. WOW HUH, February 17, 2014.
4. In Conversation with KERNEL. BOMB Magazine, April 3, 2014.
5. On Pleaselike.com. In Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives, edited by Geert Lovink and Miriam Rasch, 259-263. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, 2013.
6. Art from Outside the Googleplex: An Interview with Andrew Norman Wilson. Rhizome.org, May 14, 2012.
— Panels & Lectures
1. More Than Just Blogs: New Formats in Design Criticism. Panel discussion at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, 2014.
2. Online Platforms. Lecture for the Jackalope Art Conference at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 2012.
3. Curating Internet Art. With Theodore Darst, Lecture for Upgrade! Chicago at The Nightingale Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2011.

1. Philosophy of Art Group, 2014.
A reading group that meets every Sunday to discuss issues within aesthetics and philosophy of art. Anyone with an interest in philosophy of art is welcome to attend.
2. Pool, 2011-12.
Pool was a research project I founded in 2011 that explored the relationship between contemporary art and the internet. The project culminated in an online platform and PDF publication spanning eight issues, with over forty published articles from contributors worldwide. The project came to a close in 2012 and will be published as a book by LINK Editions (Italy) sometime in late 2014.