Louis Doulas

louisdoulas[at]brandeis.edu

I’m a soon-to-be graduate student at Brandeis University working in philosophy. I’m interested in metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, and aesthetics.

Papers

Abstract. Contra Locke’s thesis, Kit Fine (2000) argues (1) two things of the same sort may coincide, (2) two things of the same sort may coincide at each time they exist, and (3) two things of the same sort may necessarily coincide. We will challenge each one of these arguments in turn, ultimately demonstrating why the whole of Fine’s counter-example is incorrectly reasoned and that Locke’s thesis still stands.

Abstract. Isabelle Graw’s medium-unspecific definition of painting is shared by a number of contemporary art theorists, critics, and artists. As I show in this text, however, Graw’s definition is flawed, irresolvably so, and should therefore be abandoned. I aim to show how and why Graw’s definition breaks apart, as well as warm-up the skeptical reader to an idea of painting that is medium-specific without modernist jurisdiction.

Abstract. I show how, contra contemporary art orthodoxy, a medium-specific definition of painting is possible and compatible with the post-medium principles of Rosalind E. Krauss without the formalistic dogmatism imposed by Greenbergian Modernism.