B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University. Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Yale University (1981–88); Director of the Scripps College Humanities Institute and Associate Professor of Humanities, Scripps College (1988–90); Director (1991–94, 2002–05) and Director of the Graduate Program (1994–2007), Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Bard College. Author, Photography and Philosophy (1990) and articles on photography, Wittgenstein, aesthetics, museum exhibition, and the history of formalism in The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2014, 1998), Seeing Wittgenstein Anew: New Essays on Aspect-Seeing (2010), Exhibited (1994), Pursuits of Reason: Essays in Honor of Stanley Cavell (1993) and the journals Philosophical Topics, Common Knowledge, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, and The Journal of Aesthetic Education. (1991– ) Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Philosophy and Art History.
Professor Batkin teaches courses on aesthetics; politics, the arts, and democratic culture; and contemporary philosophy.