Andy Hamilton teaches Philosophy, and also History and Aesthetics of Jazz, at Durham University, UK. He is also Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia, Perth.
He specialises in aesthetics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, J.S. Mill and Wittgenstein, and recently completed Aesthetics and Music (Continuum, 2007), and Lee Konitz: Conversations on the Improviser's Art (University of Michigan Press, 2007).
The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Wittgenstein and "On Certainty" will appear in 2011, and a monograph Memory and the Body: A Study of Self-Consciousness has been completed. At the moment he is working on monographs on The Autonomy of Art, and on Italian modernist composer Giacinto Scelsi (with Frances-Marie Uitti). Scruton's Aesthetics, edited with Nick Zangwill, is forthcoming (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), as is a volume edited with Max Paddison on The Nature of Rhythm.
He is a long-standing contributor to "The Wire", "Jazz Review" and "International Piano" magazines, interviewing and writing features on jazz and classical musicians and composers such as Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Elliott Carter, Kaija Saariaho and Christian Wolff.
He is also a jazz pianist.