Noël Carroll

NOËL CARROLL professor


  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Ph.D. Cinema Studies, New York University
  • M.A. Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. Philosophy, Hofstra University

Noël Edward Carroll, distinguished professor of philosophy and one of the leading philosophers of art and aesthetics in the United States, is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the philosophy of film. His work also encompasses the philosophy of literature, the philosophy of visual arts, and social and cultural theory. A prolific author, his recent monographs include Minerva’s Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures (2013); Art in Three Dimensions (2011); Living in an Artworld (2011); On Criticism (Thinking in Action) (2008); and Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical Essays (2001). Forthcoming is A Very Short Introduction to Humour (2013). In 2011, he edited, with John Gibson, Narrative, Emotion and Insight.
Carroll has also written five documentary films, including The Last Conversation: Eisenstein’s Carmen Ballet (1998), and published more than two hundred academic articles and reviews and numerous edited or coedited collections, including The Poetics, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Narrative (2009); The Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures: An Anthology (2005), with Jinhee Choi; and Philosophy in the Twilight Zone (2009), with Lester H. Hunt. A former president of the American Society for Aesthetics and a 2002 Guggenheim winner, Carroll has been a regular contributor of journalistic reviews of dance, theatre, and film in publications such as Artforum and the Village Voice. Carroll came to the Graduate Center from Temple University in 2008 and holds a Ph.D. in cinema studies from NYU and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.