Department of Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Dr. Pradeep A Dhillon

Educational Policy Studies
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Center for Global Studies
European Union Center
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Research Interests

My research straddles philosophy of language (both Analytic and Continental) and mind, aesthetics, and international education. I have a strong interest in Kantian value theory as it relates to aesthetics,cognition,and human rights education. Currently, I am working in the areas of Kant's theory of judgement and Neuro-aesthetics, Neurophilosophy,and Education, and Environmental Aesthetics.I am the Editor for the Journal of Aesthetic Education, and serve as the Chair of Education for the American Society for Aesthetics.



  • The Theater of Meaning: Aesthetics in Semantic Theory. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2006.

Journal Articles

  • "Review of Gary Peters, Irony and Singularity: Aesthetic Education from Kant to Levinas." The British Journal of Aesthetics (2007):
  • Dhillon, Pradeep. "Moral Adventures in Elkins’s "Domain of Images"." College Art Review (2005):

Book Contributions

  • "“Missing the Adventure” in International Development." Philosophy of Education Yearbook. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013.
  • "A Kantian Approach to Global Art History: The Case from Indian Modern Art." The Many Faces of Beauty. South Bend: University of Notre Dame, 2013.
  • "Thinking in Pictures: A Kantian Reading of Amrita Sher-Gil’s Self-Portrait as Tahitian." Making Modern Art and Architecture in India. New Dehli: Zuban Press, 2013.
  • "Pilgrimage as Representation of Spatial Complexity." Pilgrimage: Sacred Landscapes and Self-Organized Complexity. New Dehli: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • "Colonial Discourse/Postcolonial Critique: The Challenge from World Englishes." Handbook of World Englishes. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2009.
  • Dhillon, Pradeep. "Pictorial Depiction: Letting Neuroscience say something to Nelson Goodman." Between Mimesis and Representation . Ed. M. C. Hunter and R. Friggs. Verlag Press, 2008.
  • Dhillon, Pradeep. "A Kantian Conception of Human Rights Education." Education in the Era of Globalization. Ed. Klas Roth and Ilan Gur’ev. Dordrecht, 2007.

Special Issue of a Journal

  • "Examples of Perfectionism: A Global Perspective." Paul Guyer: Kant and Cavell on Aesthetic Education. Spec. iss. of The Journal of Aesthetic Education 48 (2014):

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Postmodernism and Globalization." The Encyclopedia in Global Studies. 2012.