Dr Daisy Dixon



Subject areas



Daisy is a philosopher of art and artist. Her research falls at the intersection of philosophy of art, philosophy of language, and political philosophy. She explores how visual art behaves like speech, and how curators and interpreters can affect what an artwork says and does. Her current project concerns how some art can function as hate speech, and how protest art can form ‘counterspeech’ which disarms the harm of dangerous art. Her teaching interests span aesthetics, philosophy of language, ethics, and feminist philosophy.

Before coming to Cambridge to study for an MPhil and then a PhD in philosophy, Daisy completed an undergraduate joint honours degree in fine art and philosophy at the University of Reading. She has an art practice in painting, sound, and installation - see: daisydixon.co.uk


Roles and committees

Senior Treasurer of the Beard Society 

Senior Treasurer and chair of the Theory Group 

Secretary of the Combination Room 

Undergraduate admissions committee member 



1. ‘Artistic (counter)speech’ - Winner of the ASA Social Justice & the Arts Prize - (accepted) Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

2. ‘Lies in Art’ (2022) Australasian Journal of Philosophy 100 (1), 25-39: doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2020.1844772

3. ‘Novel Assertions: A Reply to Mahon’ (2022) British Journal of Aesthetics 62 (1), 115-124: doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayab017

4. ‘The Artistic Metaphor’ (2021) Philosophy 96 (1), 1-25: doi.org/10.1017/S0031819120000273

5. Review of Alice Procter, ‘The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it’ (2021) British Journal of Aesthetics 61 (3), 395-399: doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayaa056

Public engagement

6. ‘Should we censor art?: a philosophical guide on how to manage dangerous art’ (2021) Aeon https://bit.ly/3wg4hUO

7. ‘Conflicted art: how to approach works by morally bad artists’ (2019) Art Aesthetics Magazine https://bit.ly/3BEbEXa