Andy Hamilton teaches Philosophy, and also History and Aesthetics of Jazz, at Durham University, UK. He was also until recently Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia, Perth, and has taught music aesthetics at Hong Kong University.
He specialises in aesthetics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, J.S. Mill and Wittgenstein, and has published Aesthetics and Music (Continuum, 2007), Lee Konitz: Conversations on the Improviser's Art (University of Michigan Press, 2007), The Self In Question: Memory, the Body and Self-Consciousness (Palgrave, 2013), and Scruton's Aesthetics, edited with Nick Zangwill (Palgrave, 2011).
The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Wittgenstein and "On Certainty" will appear in 2014, and The Aesthetics of Rhythm, edited with Max Paddison, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. At the moment he is working on monographs on The Autonomy of Art, and on books of conversations with cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, and improvising pianist Steve Beresford.
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.