Galen Johnson is a professor of philosophy at the University of Rhode Island and the General Secretary of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University in 1977. He has been teaching at Rhode Island since 1976. His research interests include phenomenology, aesthetics, American philosophy, and recent French philosophy. He is the author of numerous articles in contemporary continental philosophy and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society. He has published four books that deal with aesthetics: Earth and Sky, History and Philosophy (1989), Ontology and Alterity in Merleau-Ponty (1990), The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader (1993), and The Retrieval of the Beautiful (2010).