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The Importance of the Pub: The Value and Aesthetics of Third Places

Sociologists use the term "third places" to refer to the “core settings of informal public life" such as English pubs, French cafes, and American taverns. I'm going to talk about the aesthetics elements of such places and why they are so important to our lives. Although I will talk about a range of third places, I will focus to some extent on English pubs, since I love them--and miss them--very much.


Aaron Meskin is Professor and Head of Philosophy at the University of Georgia. Before coming to Georgia in 2019, he taught at the University of Leeds in Leeds, England. His research focuses on aesthetics, philosophical psychology, and the philosophy of food and he has published widely on topics such as the imagination, comic books, the definition of art, video games, and bad art. He is President of the Georgia Philosophical Society and serves on the American Philosophical Association's Committee for International Cooperation.

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