Brian Rosebury, who teaches at the University of Central Lancashire, has research interests in literature (especially J.R.R.Tolkien), aesthetics, and moral and political philosophy.
His recent publications include ‘Revenge and Moral Judgement in Tolkien’ (Tolkien Studies, 2008); Tolkien: a Cultural Phenomenon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); ‘On Punishing Emotions’ (Ratio Juris, 2003); ‘Why Good Government is Not Enough’ (Political Quarterly, 2001); and ‘The Historical Contingency of Aesthetic Experience’ (British Journal of Aesthetics, 2000), as well as contributions to The Literary Encyclopedia and The J.R.R.Tolkien Encyclopedia, edited by Michael Drout (Routledge, 2006). He has delivered invited lectures on Tolkien in Belgium, Poland, and Korea, has acted as a referee for Ethics, Philosophical Quarterly, and the Journal of Moral Philosophy, and has contributed book reviews to the Journal of Moral Philosophy, Philosophical Review, and Tolkien Studies.
Brian’s main current research project is a study of revenge, retribution and reciprocity as concepts in criminal justice and in moral and political philosophy: forthcoming work includes ‘Respect for Just Revenge’ (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research), ‘Private Revenge and its Relation to Punishment’ (Utilitas), and ‘Reply to Silcox on Moral Luck’ (Journal of Moral Philosophy), all scheduled for publication in 2008. He has recently co-edited, with Martin Prochazka and Louise Armand of Charles University, Prague, ‘Towards a New Aesthetics: Technology, Intensity, Heterogeneity’ (Litteraria Pragensia, Volume 16, No. 32, December 2006).