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Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Prof. Rafael DE CLERCQ

Associate Professor

Department of Visual Studies Lingnan University

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies)

Faculty of Arts

Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy



  • Academic & Professional Qualifications

    • Candidate, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Institute of Philosophy (1995).

    • Licentiate, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Institute of Philosophy (1997).

    • Affiliate PhD Student, University College London, Department of Philosophy (2000).

    • PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Institute of Philosophy (2002).

    • Academic Visitor, Oxford University, Department of Philosophy (2002, Fall).

  • Areas of Interest

    • Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Analytic Philosophy.

  • Working Experience

    • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University (2013-Present).

    • Associate Professor and Head, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2013-2017).

    • Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2008-2013).

    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University (2009-2013).

    • Guest Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University (2005).

    • Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research -Flanders (2002-2008).

  • Journal articles and book chapters

    • De Clercq, Rafael (forthcoming) 'The Historical Ontology of Art', The Philosophical Quarterly.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2019) ‘Aesthetic Pleasure Explained’, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 77:2, 121-132.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2017) 'Does the debate about cinematic motion rest on a mistake?', Analysis 77:3, 519-525.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2017) 'Huemer on Immigration and the Preservation of Culture', Philosophia 45:3, 1091-1098.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2015) 'The Lazy Person's Approach to Depiction', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 73:2, 95-104.

    • Sesardic, Neven & Rafael De Clercq (2014) ‘Women in Philosophy: Problems with the Discrimination Hypothesis’, Academic Questions 27:4, 461-473.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2014) 'Building Plans as Natural Symbols', Architecture Philosophy 1:1, 61-78.

    • De Clercq, Rafael, Wai-Yin Lam & Jiji Zhang (2014) 'Is There a Problem with the Causal Criterion of Event Identity?', American Philosophical Quarterly 51:2, 109-119.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2013) 'A Simple Solution to the Paradox of Negative Emotion', in Jerrold Levinson (ed.) Suffering Art Gladly: The Paradox of Negative Emotion in Art. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2013) 'Locke's Principle is an Applicable Criterion of Identity', Noûs 47:4, 697-705.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2013) 'The Metaphysics of Art Restoration', British Journal of Aesthetics 53:3, 261-275.

    • Zhang, Jiji, Lam Way-yin & Rafael De Clercq (2013) 'A Peculiarity in Pearl's Logic of Interventionist Counterfactuals', Journal of Philosophical Logic 42:5, pp. 783-794.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2013) 'Reflections on a Sofa-Bed: Functional Beauty and Looking Fit', Journal of Aesthetic Education 47:2, pp. 35-48.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2013) 'Beauty', in B. Gaut & D. Lopes (eds.) Routledge Companion to Aesthetics. 3th edition. London: Routledge.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2012) 'Architecture', in Anna Christina Ribeiro (ed.) The Continuum Companion to Aesthetics. London: Continuum.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2012) 'On some putative graph-theoretic counterexamples to the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles', Synthese 187:2, pp. 661-672.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2011) 'Modern Architecture and the Concept of Harmony', British Journal of Aesthetics 51:1, pp. 69-79.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2011) 'Aesthetic Properties', in Theodore Gracyk & Andrew Kania (eds.) Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music. London: Routledge.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2009) 'Scruton on Rightness of Proportion in Architecture', British Journal of Aesthetics 49:4, pp. 405-414.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2009) 'The Aesthetic Creation Theory of Art', Sztuka i Filosofia 35, pp ??.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2008c) 'Aesthetic Ideals', in Kathleen Stock & Katherine Thomson-Jones (eds.) New Waves in Aesthetics. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2008b) 'The Structure of Aesthetic Properties', Philosophy Compass Vol. 3 (July). Blackwell Online.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2008a) 'Lopes on the Ontology of Japanese Shrines', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. With a reply from Dominic McIver Lopes in the same issue (discussion section).

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2007b) 'Melody and Metaphorical Movement', British Journal of Aesthetics 47:2, pp. 156-168.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2007a) 'A Note on the Aesthetics of Mirror Reversal', Philosophical Studies 132:3, pp. 553-563.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2006) 'Presentism and the Problem of Cross-Time Relations', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 72:2, pp. 386-402. Reprinted in Ernâni Magalhães and L. Nathan Oaklander, eds. (2010) Presentism: Essential Readings. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

    • De Clercq, Rafael & Leon Horsten (2005d) 'Closer', Synthese 146:3, pp.371-393.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2005c) 'The Aesthetic Peculiarity of Multifunctional Artefacts', British Journal of Aesthetics 45:4, pp. 412-425.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2005b) 'A criterion of diachronic identity based on Locke's Principle', Metaphysica 6:1, pp. 23-38.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2005a) 'Aesthetic Terms, Metaphor and the Nature of Aesthetic Properties', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 63:1, pp. 27-32.

    • De Clercq, Rafael & Leon Horsten (2004b) 'Perceptual indiscriminability: in defence of Wright's proof', The Philosophical Quarterly 54:216, pp. 439-444.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2004a) 'The Legitimacy of Modern Architecture', The Philosophical Forum 35:2 (New Essays on Ethics & Architecture), pp. 135-146.

    • De Clercq, Rafael & Paul Cortois (2002c) 'Autographic and Allographic Aspects of Ritual', Philosophia 29:1-4, pp. 133-147.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2002b) 'Two Conceptions of Response-Dependence', Philosophical Studies 107:2, pp. 159-177.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2002a) 'The Concept of an Aesthetic Property', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62:2, pp. 167-176.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2000) 'Aesthetic Ineffability', Journal of Consciousness Studies 7:8-9, pp.87-97. Journal issue appeared also as Joseph Goguen & Erik Myin (eds.) Art and the Brain II, Exeter: Imprint Academic.

  • Book reviews

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2016) Review of Resemblance and Representation: An Essay in the Philosophy of Pictures, by Ben Blumson, British Journal of Aesthetics 56:3, 317-320.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2015) Review of The Aesthetics of Design, by Jane Forsey, Mind 124:494, 627-630.

    • De Clercq, Rafael (2014) Review [book note] of The Critical Imagination by James Grant, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92:1, 208-209.