Dr. David Graves
Fields of Research
Dr. David Graves
General Studies
  • Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics

  • Cultural Studies

  • New Institutionalism

  • New Realism

  • Philosophical Logic

Short Bio

Dr. Graves in Senior Lecturer in Art and Philosophy, and a founding member of the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. He received his Ph.D. summa cum laude at Tel Aviv University, where he wrote his dissertation in the philosophy of art on the institutional theory of art. His supervisors were Israel Prize Laureate Professor Asa Kasher, and Professor George Dickie of the University of Illinois, Chicago, the author of the Institutional Theory. In 2010 David published “The New Institutional Theory of Art” (Common Ground Publishing, Illinois). In 1994, David joined the Academic College, teaching courses in art and aesthetics, logic and critical thinking, as well as courses centered upon major philosophers, such as Kant, Hegel and Wittgenstein. Currently, David is the editor in charge of aesthetics and philosophy of art for the new online Encyclopedia Hebraica. He is an avid amateur painter, and has just finished writing a book on a group of contemporary Israeli artists who have revived a distinctly realistic style of painting; the book is entitled “New Realism in Contemporary Israeli Art”. David used to make his livelihood as a professional rock bassist, and still stomps the occasional stage.

Selected Publications

Graves, David, (2020). "On the Question of Punk in Israel in the Late 1970's", in Fade and Turn Grey, (Hebrew), Ari Katorza (ed.), Tel Aviv: Resling.

Graves, David, (2017). "The Rock Revolution", in Revolutions: The Turning Points that Shaped Our World, (Hebrew), Yuval Gilead (ed.), Modan Publishing (Broadcast University Series), pp. 149-159.

Graves, David, (2016). “Martial Arts and the Artworld”, The Monist, 99 (1): 13-25.

Graves, David, (2010). The New Institutional Theory of Art, Champaign, Ill.: Common Ground Press.

Graves, David, (2009). “To See a Sunset and Die”, (Hebrew), Odyssey, 4, July 2009, pp. 32-39.

Graves, David, (2002). “Art as a Rational Activity”, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, 36, 4, Winter 2002, pp.1-14.

Graves, David, (2002). “On Presenting Works of Art: An Analysis of Meaning in the Second Intention”, Philosophia, 29, 1-4, May 2002, pp. 173-190.

Graves, David, (2002). “Art and the Zen Master’s Tea Pot: The Role of Aesthetics in the Institutional Theory of Art”, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 60, 4, Fall 2002, pp. 341-352.

Graves, David, (1997). “The Institutional Theory of Art – A Survey”, Philosophia, 25, pp. 51-67.

Graves, David, (1997). “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder (but only when you don’t agree with me…)”, Cogito, 11, 3, pp. 207-214.