Emeritus Professor Jennifer McMahon

Emeritus Professor Jennifer McMahon
 Position Emeritus Professor
 Org Unit School of Humanities
 Email jenny.mcmahon@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5296
 Location Floor/Room 7 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Research Funding

    For information on McMahon's Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project, see the relevant section on "Grants and Funding" in my Researcher Profile (click on the blue button above).  See also examples of output at:


  • Publications

    Monographs and Edited Collections

    Social Aesthetics and Moral Judgment 2018

     Art and Ethics in a Material World Aesthetics and Material Beauty     









    The Curator Special Issue ed. McMahon 2019

    Australasian Philosophical Review Guest Editor McMahon 2017










    Book Chapters 

    Ch.3 Barrie Kosky's Transnational TheatresChapter on Kantian Aesthetics 2017

     Chapter 24 Beauty Routledge Companion to Aesthetics 2005Ch 20 Beauty Routledge Companion to Aesthetics 2001



    Ch 11 in Who Runs the Artworld 2017 with Carol Gilchrist

     Visual Animals pp.73-83Ch 7 The Possibility of the Sublime 2017

    Beauty Oxford Literary Theory 2022 McMahon

     Ch.24 2022 McMahon








     For details of the above publications and more, click on the Researcher Profile button above.

    Forthcoming Publications include:

    "Schiller and His Philosophical Context: Pleasure, Form, and Freedom", in The Palgrave Handbook on the Philosophy of Friedrich Schiller, ed. Antonino Falduto & Tim Mehigan. London: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming 2023.

    Most Recent 

    "Beauty". In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory (Hard Copy), edited by John Frow, pp.86-101. New York: Oxford University Press, May 2022.

    "Olafur Eliasson  The weather project", in Bloomsbury Contemporary Aesthetics, ed. Darren Hudson Hick. London: Bloomsbury, 2022.

    "Liberal Naturalism, Aesthetic Reflection, and the Sublime", in The Routledge Handbook of Liberal Naturalism. Ed. David Macarthur and Mario de Caro. New York and London: Routledge, 2022, pp.281-298.

    ""Aesthetic Ideas": Mystery and Meaning in the Early Work of Barrie Kosky", in Barrie Kosky's Transnational Theatres, ed. James Phillips and John Severn. New York: Springer, 2021: 59-80.

    Beauty.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford University Press, Article published September 28, 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.1050.



    Aesthetics for the Birds

    The Junkyard Blog

  • Professional Associations

    Grant Assessor

    McMahon has been an assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC) (since 1999), the Swiss National Science Foundation (2015), the European Research Council (2016), and the National Science Centre, Poland (2020).

    Manuscript Referee

    Recent refereeing for book manuscripts has included: Bloomsbury (2022, 2019), Rowman & Littlefield (2018), University of Edinburgh Press (2018), Routledge (2017, 2013, 2005-06), Bloomsbury (2017), University of Chicago Press (2016), Blackwell (2014), Bloomsbury (2014), Oxford University Press UK (2012), Taylor and Francis (2012), and Palgrave Macmillan (2010).

    Journal Referee


    British Journal of Aesthetics (2022, 2020, 2017, 2011)

    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2009-2022)

    Journal of Philosophy (2020)

    European Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2020)

    The Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2020, 2009-11, 2006)

    Nous (2019)

    Philosophical Papers (2019)

    Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2018) 

    Journal of the American Philosophical Association (2018)

    Journal of Aesthetic Education (2017-18, 2013)

    The European Legacy (2017-18)

    Analysis (2017)

    Journal of Philosophical Research (2016)

    Philosophical Quarterly (2015)

    Philosopher's Imprint (2015)

    International Journal of Philosophical Studies (2011-2013)

    Philosophy Compass (2011)

    Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art (2009)

    The Review of General Psychology (American Psychological Association) 2006

    Journal of Consciousness Studies (2004-07, 2001)

    Hypatia (2001)

    Journal of Constructivist Foundations (2013)

    Cognitive Processing (International Quarterly of Cognitive Science) (2006)

    Polish Journal of Philosophy (2009)

    Colloquy (Monash) (2008)

    Topics refereed include Ancient aesthetics; Kant's aesthetics; philosophy of imagination, pleasure, creativity, film and art; pragmatist aesthetics and epistemology; foundations of modern philosophy.

    There are occasions when McMahon's schedule does not permit her to accept invitations to assess or referee, even when a project is of interest to her.

    Committees and Board Membership

    McMahon served on the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Evaluation Committee 2018 on the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel.

    McMahon served as Executive Committee Secretary for the Australasian Association of Philosophy (2014-17); is a member of the John M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide (since 2013); and served on the Academic Board of the Adelaide Central School of Art (2009-13).


    McMahon was Chief Examiner for the Eynesbury College Logic and Clear Thinking University Foundation Course (2010-13)

    During her time at the University of Canberra (1996-2001) McMahon was an expert witness for the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office (1998); and the Hargreaves Practice NSW (2001-02) on the duty-of-care owed students in secondary schools. McMahon was also appointed as a Mediator in an appointment dispute by the Catholic Education Office, Canberra (1998). Another consultancy was with the National Schools Network, for whom McMahon worked on the Research Circles Project: Reaffirming the High School Years, which was a Curriculum Compliance exercise.

  • Files

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesArts & Culture, Ethics
    Expertisephilosophical aesthetics; imagination and ethics, conditions of community

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Entry last updated: Wednesday, 12 Oct 2022

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