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.

Recent Campus News

James Harold

The ethics of vaccine passports

Professor James Harold of Mount Holyoke’s philosophy department spoke to Western Mass News about the ethics of vaccine passports. 

James Harold

Separating the art from the artist

James Harold, professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke, has published a new book that explores whether art can be morally evaluated.  

six adults posting on a deck overlooking a stream

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. 

Recent Publications

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