Noël Carroll (born 1947) is an American philosopher considered to be one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy of art. Although Carroll is best known for his work in the philosophy of film (he is a proponent of cognitive film theory), he has also published journalism, works on philosophy of art generally, theory of media, and also philosophy of history.
As of 2012, he is a distinguished professor of philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. Carroll was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 for his research in philosophy of dance. He was named sixth-most influential philosopher of art since 1945 by the Philosophical Gourmet Report.
Carroll is the author of more than one hundred articles and other works.