Professor Paden taught Philosophy at George Mason University for 27 years. Prior to that he taught at the Universities of Connecticut, Maryland, and Florida. While at Mason, he served briefly as Department head and as Interim Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Pubic Policy.
Originally trained in political philosophy, he became increasingly interested in Environmental Ethics, the Philosophy of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Environmental Aesthetics. He is the author of two books and over 70 scholarly articles published in philosophical journals.
He plans to continue to write on topics in the Philosophy of Architecture and Urban Planning and is currently working on an analysis of the concept of “the picturesque” as it appears in Eighteenth Century aesthetics, especially in discussions of landscape architecture and painting. He is writing a book, tentatively titled “Picturesque Life,” that will apply the idea of the Picturesque, not only to topics in environmental aesthetics, but also to biology, architecture, urban planning and politics.
May 03, 2016