Noël Carroll is a distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is known as one of the most important contemporary figures in Philosophy of Art. Noël is one of the few individuals in the world who has PhDs in both Cinema Studies and Philosophy.
Early in his career, Noël worked as a journalist, writing about fine art, theatre and film for numerous magazines including Artforum and Soho Weekly News. Among his numerous books, his most influential is The Philosophy of Horror, or, Paradoxes of the Heart, a work on the aesthetics of horror in which he wrote, ‘...a work of art-horror has built into it, so to speak, a set of instructions about the appropriate way the audience is to respond.’
In 2002, Noël received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his research into dance and was named as ‘the sixth most influential philosopher of art since 1945’ by the Philosophical Gourmet Report.