Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry

Dan Flory, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Current Semester

Spring 2014 Courses:

PHL 327: Aesthetics and the Arts
PHL 362: History of Philosophy: Modern

Advising: Philosophy

Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, and by appointment

Office: Wilson 2-106


Phone: (406) 994-5209

Curriculum Vitae: Click Here

Courses Taught: Click Here

Research Interests


Philosophy and Film

Philosophy and Critical Race Theory


PhD, University of Minnesota, 1995

Select Publications

Race, Philosophy, and Film, co-edited with Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo (London and New York: Routledge, 2013)

Philosophy, Black Film, Film Noir (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008).

Journal Articles
“Response to My Critics,” Film and Philosophy 16 (2012), 162-179.

“Cinematic Presupposition, Race, and Epistemological Twist Films,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68:4 (2010), 379-387.

“Race, Empathy, and Noir in Deep Cover,” Film and Philosophy 11 (2007), 67-85.

“Spike Lee and the Sympathetic Racist,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 64 (2006), 67-79; reprinted in Thinking Through Cinema: Film as Philosophy, eds. Murray Smith and Thomas E. Wartenberg (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006), 67-79.

“Race, Rationality, and Melodrama: Aesthetic Response and the Case of Oscar Micheaux,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 63 (2005), 327-338.

Book Chapters
“African-American Film Noir,” in The Blackwell Companion to African-American Film, eds. Mark A. Reid (London and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2013).

“Race and the Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance: Looking at Avatar, Machete, and The Help,” in Race, Philosophy, and Film, eds. Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo and Dan Flory (London and New York: Routledge, 2013).

“Ethnicity, Race, and Film Noir,” in The Blackwell Companion to Film Noir, eds. Andrew Spicer and Helen Hanson (London and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2013).

“Bamboozled: Philosophy through Blackface” in The Philosophy of Spike Lee, ed. Mark Conard (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2011), 164-183.

“Evil, Mood, and Reflection in the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men,”
in Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road, ed. Sara Spurgeon (London: Continuum, 2011), 117-134.