Jennifer (Jenny) McMahon

  • Books

    • McMahon, J. Art and Ethics in a Material World: Kant's Pragmatist Legacy. New York: Routledge (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory Series). Forthcoming 2013
    • McMahon, J. Aesthetics and Material Beauty: Aesthetics Naturalized. New York & London: Routledge (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy series).i-x, pp.234. 2007a (hbk) 2008a (e-book) 2009a (pbk)
  • Books chapters & reference articles

    •  2017
      McMahon, J. “Immediate Judgment and Non-Cognitive Ideas: The Pervasive and Persistent in the Misreading of Kant’s Aesthetic Formalism”, in Matthew C. Altman (ed.), The Palgrave Kant Handbook, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • 2012
      McMahon, J. 'Beauty.' In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy. Ed. Duncan Pritchard. New York: Oxford University Press, 29/08/2012,…
    •  2007
      McMahon, J. 'Aesthetic reflection and the Very Possibility of Art'. In Ian North (Ed) Visual Animals: Crossovers, Evolution and New Aesthetics. Adelaide: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia: 73-83.
    • 2005 & 2001
      McMahon, J. 'Beauty.' In Berys Gaut and Dominic Lopes (eds), The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (London: Routledge), revised second edition: 307-19; first edition 227-38.
  • Referred journal articles

    • 2017
      McMahon, J. "From Kantianism to Aesthetic Hedonism: Aesthetic Pleasure Revised," Australasian Philosophical Review Vol. 1.1 (March 2017). pp.1-5.
    • 2016                                                                                                                                                       McMahon, J (co-authored with Elizabeth Burns Coleman, David Macarthur, James Phillips and Daniel von Sturmer). “Between Philosophy and Art: A Collaboration at The Lock-Up, Newcastle”, Australasian Journal of Popular Culture Vol. 5: Iss 2/3. pp.135-150.
    • 2014
      McMahon, J. “The sense of community in Cavell's conception of aesthetic and moral judgment” Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies. Vol. 2: 35-53.
    • 2012
      McMahon, J. 'The Aesthetics of Perception: Form as a Sign of Intention', Essays in Philosophy: Vol. 13: Iss. 2, Article 2. pp.404-422. *Followed by two commentaries on McMahon's paper by: Cameron Buckner, and Justin L. Harmon.
    • 2011
      McMahon, J. 'Aesthetic Autonomy and Praxis: art and language in Adorno and Habermas' International Journal of Philosophical Studies Vol. 19(2). Pp.155-175.
    • 2011
      McMahon, J. 'Critical Aesthetic Realism', Journal of Aesthetic Education (University of Illinois Press), Vol. 45 (2) 49-69.
    • 2011
      McMahon, J. 'Beauty as harmony of the soul: the Aesthetic of the Stoics' Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of Greek Studies 2009. Edited by Marietta Rosetto, Michael Tsianikas, George Couvalis and Maria Palaktsoglou, 33-42. Adelaide: Flinders University. Greek Research In Australia, URL:
    • 2011
      McMahon, J. 'Aesthetic Autonomy: Tracing the Kantian Legacy to Olafur Eliasson', Proceedings of the European Society of Aesthetics, 2011. Edited by Fabian Dorsch, Jakub Stejskal and John Zeimbekis. Volume 3, pp.220-234. URL:
    • 2010
      McMahon, J. 'The Classical Trinity and Kant's Aesthetic Formalism', Critical Horizons, Vol. 11(3) 441-464.
    • 2008-09
      McMahon, J. 'Backing Kant with Interest: a Global Concept of Art' in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art (issue on art history in the 21st century, edited by Rex Butler) 9:1/2 pp. 90-99.
    • 2008
      McMahon, J. 'The Romantic Spirit' Artlink 28: 2 Special Issue - Art/Beauty/Mind, edited by Margot Osbourne, 13-15.
    • 2007
      McMahon, J. 'The Significance of Plato's Notions of Beauty and Pleasure in the Philosophy of Kant.' Greek Research In Australia. (Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of Greek Studies, 2005). Adelaide: Flinders University, pp.27-34.
    • 2006
      McMahon, J. 'The Perceptual Constraints on Pictorial Realism' Contemporary Aesthetics, Vol.4,
    • 2006
      Vickers, D., Lee, M.D., Dry, M., Hughes, P., & McMahon, J.A. 'The aesthetic appeal of minimal structures: Judging the attractiveness of solutions to Traveling Salesperson problems'. Perception & Psychophysics. 68:1, 32-42. 10% contribution
    • 2003
      McMahon, J. 'Perceptual Constraints and Perceptual Schemata: The Possibility of Perceptual Style', The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (Blackwell Publishing). 61:3, summer, 259-72.
    • 2002
      McMahon, J. 'An Explanation for Normal and Anomalous Drawing Ability and Some Implications for Research on Perception and Imagery', Visual Arts Research, (University of Illinois Press) 28:1 (55), 38-52.
    • 2000
      McMahon, J. 'Perceptual Principles as the Basis for Genuine Judgments of Beauty'; Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7: 8-9, 29-35
    • 1999
      McMahon, J. 'Towards a Unified Theory of Beauty', Literature and Aesthetics, 9: 7-27.
    • 1998
      McMahon, J. 'The Nature of Pictorial Representation: The Evidence from Cognitive Science', in Australian Art Education (The Journal of the Australian Institute of Art Education), 21: 2, 27-35.
    • 1996
      McMahon, J. 'Aesthetic Perception' in Communication and Cognition (a special volume on Epistemology and Psychology), 29: 1, 37-64.
    • 1993
      McMahon, J. 'The Rationality of the Innate Foundations of Aesthetic Response' in Australian Art Education, (Journal of the Australian Institute of Art Education),University of New South Wales, 16: 3, 18-28.
    • 1989
      McMahon, J. 'Dewey's Educational Theory: The Relevance For Art Education' in Australian Art Education, (Journal of the Australian Institute of Art Education),University of New South Wales, 13: 1, 11-16.
  • Catalogue essays and miscellaneous

    • 2012
      McMahon, J. 'Deflating metaphors and emerging contexts: messing with your mind in a material world', Adelaide Biennial 2012 Catalogue Parallel Collisions, Art Gallery of South Australia, edited by Natasha Bullock and Alexie Glass-Kantor.pp.194-98.
    • 2011
      McMahon, J. 'The Shades in Platon's Mirror: the ethical, political and aesthetic in the art of Mischa Kuball.' Column 8 Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney: pp.99-104. Edited by Blair French.
    • 2000
      McMahon, J. 'In Defence of Art Education' in Art in Education, Vol.19, p.3.
    • 2009
      McMahon, J. 'Of Being Beautifully Human', Catalogue Essay for This Life, Contemporary Visual Art Projects SA 2009: Project 8, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia
    • 1999
      McMahon, J. 'Art students learn another way of seeing' in the Higher Education Supplement, The Australian, 6/10/99, p.36
  • Book reviews

    McMahon, J. Review of Katherine Thomson-Jones The Aesthetics of Film in Philosophical Quarterly, 62: 4, pp.865-67.

    McMahon, J. Review of Paul Crowther, The Kantian Aesthetic: From Knowledge to the Avant-Garde (Oxford U. P. 2010) in British Journal of Aesthetics, 51:2, pp. 229-231.

    McMahon, J. Review of Mark Johnson The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding (University of Chicago Press, 2007) in Mind, 118: 471, pp.843-46.

    McMahon, J. Review of K. Matthews Revealing Art (Routledge 2005) in Philosophical Quarterly 56: 224, 471-73.

    McMahon, J. Review of T. Heyd and J. Clegg (eds) Aesthetics and Rock Art (Ashgate, 2005) in British Journal of Aesthetics 46:2 , 208-10.

    McMahon, J. Review of Nick Zangwill, The Metaphysics of Beauty (Cambridge University Press, 2001)in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 60:4, 358-60.
    McMahon, J. Review of Paul Thom, Making Sense (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000) in The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 80:1, 107-09.

    McMahon, J. Review of James Elkins. Our Beautiful; Dry and Distant Texts, Art History as Writing (Penn State University Press, 1997) in The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 79: 1, 142-143.
    McMahon, J. Review of James Kirwan, Beauty (Manchester University Press, 1999) in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (USA) 59:3, 334-336.

    McMahon, J. Commentary on Semir Zeki's Inner Vision: An Exploration of Art and the Brain, Leonardo Reviews On-Line:…

    McMahon, J. Review of Patricia M.Matthews. The Significance of Beauty. Kant on Feeling and the System of the Mind. Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997. In Philosophy in Review (Canada), 19(2) (April), 129-130.
    McMahon, J. Review of David E. Cooper (ed), Aesthetics The Classic Readings, Oxford; Blackwell, 1997. In the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.77:1, March, pp.119-120.

    McMahon, J. Review of Colin Lyas, Aesthetics (The Fundamentals of Philosophy), London; University College London Press, 1997. In the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.76:4, December, 1998. pp.647-649.

  • Invitations to speak

    October 2013

    American Society of Aesthetics Conference, San Diego. Commentator on three speakers in Symposium on Aesthetics and the Senses. Convened by Prof. Cynthia Freeland.

    March 2013

    Chaired and Introduced Ellen Dissanayake Public lecture at the Experimental Art Foundation, March.

    October 2012

    Victorian College of the Arts Centre for Ideas, Director: Elizabeth Presa.

    February 2012

    Themes from Cavell Conference, Phil, University of Sydney Convenor: David Macarthur

    March 2012

    Artists' Week. Adelaide Festival of the Arts. Convenor: Victoria Lynn.

    March 7th 2012

    Interviewed on Books and Arts Daily, ABC Radio National by Michael Cathcart, on Beauty.

    April 2012

    Response to Professor Anthony Uhlmann on 'Meaning in Art and Meaning in Nature' JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice: Creative Writing Seminar. Convenor: Nicholas Jose.

    May 2012

    Art Gallery of South Australia Autumn Lecture Series. Convenor: David O'Connor.

    August 2011

    Symposium on the German installation artist Mischa Kuball. ArtSpace Sydney. Convenor: Blair French

    October 2011

    Saatchi Exhibition Form. Art Gallery of South Australia. Convenor: David O'Connor.

    April 2010

    Symposium: Interpreting and Assessing Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Francisco. Convenor: David Hills (Stanford).

    July 2010

    Symposium on Kant's Aesthetic Formalism, Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, UNSW. Convenor: James Phillips (UNSW).

    July 2010

    Key Note Speaker Graduation Ceremony, Adelaide Central School of Art.

    May 2009

    Academy of Fine Art, Berlin (Professor Olafur Eliasson's studio)

    Philosophy and Aesthetics Research Group, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

    February 23rd 2008

    Interviewed on the Philosopher's Zone ABC Radio National by Alan Saunders.

    April 2007

    Symposium entitled 'Visual Animals: Crossovers, Evolution and New Aesthetics' at the Art Gallery South Australia. Convenor: Ian North.

    July 13th 2006

    Invited panelist - the nature of beauty - ABC Radio National Australia Talks Back.

    April 2004

    Pacific Chapter of the American Society of Aesthetics Conference in Pacific Grove, Asilomar, California. Program Convenor: Roger Seamon.

    August 2004

    'The Nature of Beauty' to the Goethe Society of S.A.

    August 16th 2003

    Panelist on 'The Nature of Beauty' Forum, for ABC Radio at the National Science Week, Canberra. Broadcast on All In The Mind on Radio National. Convenor: Natasha Mitchell.

    September 15th 2000

    Public lecture at the University of Houston on 'Aesthetics and Cognitive Science: Illuminating Each Other.' Organized jointly by the Department of Philosophy and the Cognitive Science Initiative. Convenor: Cynthia Freeland.

    September 11th 2000

    Guest Lecturer in the Cognitive Science Program, University of Houston. Convenor: Anne Martin.