Paul Crowther (born 24 August 1953), is a professor of philosophy and author specialising in the fields of aesthetics, metaphysics, and visual culture. He has written nine books in the field of History of Art and Philosophy. He was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and he was raised in the Belle Isle estate, Hunslet, and Middleton areas of south Leeds. He began taking an interest in art and philosophy at the age of 16.
Crowther initially enrolled at the University of Manchester to study history and politics. He subsequently migrated to the University of Leeds where he took a joint honours degree in Philosophy and the History of Art. He was a graduate student at the University of York and also holds a teaching certificate in Classical Studies. He obtained his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford. Crowther is a former fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he was a lecturer at the Department of the History of Art and Reader in the History Faculty. He has also taught at the University of St Andrew's (Fife, Scotland), the University of Central Lancashire, and Jacobs University Bremen. At present, Crowther holds the post of Chair of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Crowther's interests and expertise are in the fields of visual aesthetics, phenomenology, and Kant. Works by him on the philosophy of visual art have been translated into Chinese, Korean, German, and Serbian, amongst other languages.
In 2014, Crowther - together with Slovenian artist Mojca Oblak, and assistance from the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia and the Moore Institute in Galway, Ireland - organized an exhibition of Victorian art entitled Awakening Beauty at the National Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- Crowther, Paul (2009). Phenomenology of the Visual Arts (even the frame). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Crowther, Paul (2007). Defining Art, Creating the Canon: Artistic Value in an Era of Doubt. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
- Crowther, Paul (1997). The Language of Twentieth-Century Art: A Conceptual History. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
- Crowther, Paul (1993). Art and Embodiment: From Aesthetics to Self-Consciousness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Crowther, Paul (1989). The Kantian Sublime: From Morality to Art. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
- 'Why are the visual arts so important and what is it that makes their forms significant?' Stanford University Press: Review of Paul Crowther, Phenomenology of the Visual Arts (even the frame). Retrieved 15 September 2010.
- Torsen, Ingvild (2008). Review of Paul Crowther, Defining Art, Creating the Canon: Artistic Value in an Era of Doubt. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (4).Aesthetics.
- Davey, Nicholas (2002). Review of Paul Crowther, The Language of Twentieth-Century Art: A Conceptual History. The British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (1).
- Altieri, Charles (1995). Review of Paul Crowther, vols 1 and 2 of Art and Embodiment. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 53 (1): 87-9.
- Mothersill, Mary (1992). Review of Paul Crowther, The Kantian Sublime: From Morality to Art. Mind 101: 156-160.