I work mainly in aesthetics and am a member of the UBC aesthetics group. My research focusses on pictorial representation and perception; the aesthetic and epistemic value of pictures, including scientific images; theories of art and its value; the ontology of art; computer art and new art forms; aesthetic value; and the history of aesthetics in Europe and South Asia. I’m now working on a defending a cosmopolitan theory of aesthetic injustice while co-authoring two books for OUP: Aesthetic Life and Why It Matters with Bence Nanay and Nick Riggle and The Geography of Taste with Samantha Matherne, Mohan Matthen, and Bence Nanay.
Les arts et les images: Dialogues avec Dominic Mciver Lopes, ed. Laure Blanc-Benon (Sorbonne Université Presses, 2019)
Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Aesthetics on the Edge: Where Philosophy Meets the Human Sciences (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Four Arts of Photography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016)
Beyond Art (Oxford University Press, 2014)
A Philosophy of Computer Art (London: Routledge, 2009)
Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures (Oxford University Press, 2005)
Understanding Pictures (Oxford University Press, 1996).
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
American Philosophical Association Quinn Prize
Canada Council Killam Research Fellow
Leverhulme Visiting Professor
Killam Research Prize
Canadian Philosophical Association Essay Prize
American Society for Aesthetics Outstanding Monograph Prize
Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize
Lopes is chair of the APA Board of Officers and past president of the American Society for Aesthetics and the Canadian Philosophical Association. He also serves on several editorial boards, notably of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Estetica: European Journal of Aesthetics.