History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences


Yuriko Saito

on sabbatical 2016/17

Yuriko Saito, born and raised in Japan, has been teaching philosophy at RISD since 1981.  In addition to introductory philosophy courses, she regularly teaches ecological responsibility in art and design, Japanese aesthetics, everyday aesthetics and philosophy of nature.  Her Everyday Aesthetics was published by Oxford University Press (2008, paperback edition 2010).  Her works in aesthetics also appear in numerous academic journals and she has lectured widely on the subject, including in Finland, China and Japan.  She serves as Associate Editor of an online journal, Contemporary Aesthetics, as well as Editorial Consultant for British Journal of Aesthetics, Editorial Advisory Board member for Environmental Ethics, and Consultant for “Artification and Its Impact on Art” Project (funded by Finnish government). She is a past recipient of RISD's John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Academic research/ areas of interest

  • Everyday Aesthetics
  • Environmental Aesthetics
  • Japanese Aesthetics
  • Aesthetics of Nature