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Professor Emerita:

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)



Everyday Aesthetics

Aesthetics of the Familiar: Everyday Life and World-Making

Aesthetics of Care: Practice in Everyday Life 



 Contemporary Aesthetics


Editorial Consultant:

The British Journal of Aesthetics


Born and raised in Japan, Yuriko Saito taught philosophy at RISD from 1981–2018. In addition to introductory philosophy courses, she taught classes on ecological responsibility in art and design, Japanese aesthetics, everyday aesthetics and philosophy of nature. Her Everyday Aesthetics was published by Oxford University Press (2008, paperback edition 2010), followed by Aesthetics of the Familiar: Everyday Life and World-Making (Oxford University Press, 2017, paperback edition 2019). The latter was awarded the outstanding monograph prize by the American Society for Aesthetics. Her most recent book is Aesthetics of Care: Practice in Everyday Life (Bloomsbury, 2022). Her works in aesthetics also appear in numerous academic journals and anthologies. She has lectured widely in the US, as well as internationally, including in China, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. She serves as editor of Contemporary Aesthetics, the first online, open-access and peer-reviewed journal in aesthetics, and editorial consultant for The British Journal of Aesthetics. She is a past recipient of RISD’s John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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