James Harold

Professor of Philosophy; Chair of Philosophy
Specialization: 
Philosophy of art, especially literature; ethics and metaethics

James Harold specializes in aesthetics and ethics. Harold's work focuses on imaginative engagement with narrative artworks. He is currently writing a book on moral and aesthetic value of narrative art. He is also interested in medical ethics, and in ancient Chinese and Greek philosophy.

Harold's essays have been published in American Philosophical QuarterlyThe Journal of Aesthetics and Art CriticismJournal of Social Philosophy, and Philosophical Explorations, among other places. He has also published several opinion pieces in papers such as the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is the Book Review Editor for The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. In summer 2008, he was a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on “Traditions Into Dialogue: Confucianism and Contemporary Virtue Ethics.”

Before coming to Mount Holyoke, Harold taught at Washington University in St. Louis and at St. Olaf College.

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Faculty Awards 2020

Mount Holyoke honored four professors for their scholarship and teaching at the annual Faculty Awards ceremony in early March, prior to the closing of campus. 

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MHC's Cool New Courses

Medical ethics, Martian exploration, globalization, Spike Lee: these are just a few of the subjects MHC students will explore during the coming academic year.

Recent Publications

Harold, J. (2020). Dangerous Art. New York, NY: Oxford Univ. Press US.