Andrei Pop (BA Stanford, PhD Harvard, art history) has published a book on the Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), and a translation of Karl Rosenkranz’s 1853 Aesthetics of Ugliness. His current work concerns pictures as logical objects linking fantasy and fiction to scientific activities like the formulation and testing of hypotheses. The proximate goal is to defend a politically engaged social history of art by emphasizing the truth-directedness of representations. The more distant goal is to give an aesthetic and art-historical argument for Platonism. To this end, he is interested in the relation of art and science, in dramatic and narrative art (what is usually called classicism), and in how modernity deals with the past. Linked to this are ethical and political questions about what role art plays in the good life and the bad. A second project, parallel to the first, looks at so-called symbolist art of the late 19th century less as an introspective retreat than as an exploration of shared symbols and means of communication, linked among other things with the contemporary search for artificial languages of thought, the photography of elusive and invisible things, and the revival of imaging technologies, above all etching and other forms of printmaking on paper. Related interests include cartoons, comics and caricatures, popular music, beauty and ugliness in and beyond art.