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Dena Shottenkirk is an analytic philosopher specializing in aesthetics and epistemology. Her doctoral dissertation, "Nominalism and Its Aftermath: The Philosophy of Nelson Goodman," was published by Springer in 2009. Shottenkirk is also a practicing artist who has a background in art criticism with former staff positions at both Artforum and Art in America. In that arena, also in 2009, Cambridge Scholars Press published her book Cover Up the Dirty Parts! Funding, Fighting and the First Amendment, which presents a critic's view of the art that has caused political uproar along with a philosopher's view of the general epistemological and social roles of art. In 2009-10, she and Dr. Anjan Chatterjee of UPenn (neurology) published a book chapter (published by Novascience) entitled "Those Dumb Artists," which dealt with the cognitive access artists have to their own work. In 2012 she jointly (with Jamie Lindsay) edited a philosophy reader, "Reality, Knowledge, and Values."