About the Artist/Author

Jeffrey Strayer is an artist and philosopher. His research in philosophy is concentrated in philosophy of art, with attention given to issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory that are relevant to that focus. He is the author of Subjects and Objects: Art, Essentialism, and Abstraction (Brill, 2007) and Haecceities: Essentialism, Identity, and Abstraction (Brill, 2017). Strayer is also an artist, and his ongoing series of artworks is called the Haecceities series. The works of this body of work investigate the limits of Abstraction in art, and kinds of what Strayer calls ‘radical identity,’ as they explore the conceptual and aesthetic possibilities of Essentialism – the name given to the works united by the noted concerns. Strayer’s work in art and philosophy is an interactive and mutually supportive exploration of fundamental issues relevant to each.

Strayer is a Continuing Lecturer Emeritus in Philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA.