John Minto

Published: 14 November 2016

An Aesthetics of Care: between Morris & Heidegger on cultural well-being

University of Dundee

An Aesthetics of Care: between Morris & Heidegger on cultural well-being

Academic History:

2016 PhD English Literature, UoD

2014 - 2015 MLitt Humanities (Distinction), UoD

2010 - 2014 MA Philosophy & International Relations (First Class), UoD

2002 - 2005 LLB Scots Law, UoD


Dr Jodi-Anne George

Dr Dominic Smith

Professor Tim Croudace

Research Interests:

The focal point of my PhD research is the concept of cultural well-being. I aim to bring about a synthesis of William Morris’ political aesthetic & Martin Heidegger’s notion of being-as-care – an aesthetics of care – that will be used to productively critique issues ranged under the concept of cultural well-being, including work & educational practice, architecture, & the health care. The research will be centred on the themes of disenchantment & social alienation & will explore the potential practical & theoretical functionality of aesthetic experience (such as: myth-making, story-telling, artistic practice, poetic thought) in relation to the development of our cultural well-being.

Previous Research Projects:

MLitt Dissertation: Morris & Heidegger. existential meaning & our human relation to nature


AHRC DTP Studentship


George Davie Prize 2016 for best student in MLitt. Philosophy

Contact Details:

Work Tel No: 07758 558103



First published: 14 November 2016