Darren Hick

Darren Hick

Assistant Professor, Philosophy​

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After earning my BA in Philosophy and English Literature at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, I traveled to Wales, where I earned my MPhil in Philosophy, with a thesis on the aesthetics of comics. After that, I took an extended break from studying, and worked as a textbook and periodicals editor, a comic-book critic, and a graphic designer. I returned to academia to get my PhD at the University of Maryland, where I wrote my dissertation on the ethics and metaphysics of copyright. After earning my PhD, I traveled for several years, helping philosophy departments across the country, before finding Furman and making it my home. I like cats.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2008
  • M.Phil, University of Wales, Lampeter, 1999
  • B.A. (Hons), Trent University, 1997

Research Interests

Most of my active research focuses on philosophical issues in copyright law and peripheral topics, which involves folding in aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of law. I also work on philosophical issues in popular culture, including the nature of horror, comics, canon, and fandom generally. Sometimes I just write about the metaphysics of beauty.

Representative Publications

Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (Bloomsbury, 2023); Case Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics (Bloomsbury, 2022); Artistic License: The Philosophical Problems of Copyright & Appropriation (Chicago, 2017); The Aesthetics and Ethics of Copying (with Reinold Schmücker, Bloomsbury, 2016).