In Memoriam

  • Portrait
  • Peter Kivy
  • Specialties: Aesthetics, Early Modern Philosophy


Peter Kivy taught at Rutgers from 1967 until his retirement in 2015. Kivy was a giant in the field of aesthetics, and in philosophy of music in particular. He published extensively and won many prizes and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Deems Taylor Award of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for the best book on music (The Corded Shell), and the 2016 American Society for Aesthetics Monograph Prize for his book De Gustibus: Arguing About Taste and Why We Do It. He was also an accomplished oboist.