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PHIL0233

Aesthetics

Aesthetics
In this course we will investigate the nature of art and aesthetic experience through readings from historical and contemporary philosophers and artists. Is art essentially rational or non-rational, and can it offer a deeper insight into reality than discursive knowledge can? What is beauty, and is it essential to art? What is the relation between art and the ethical, the social, and the political? We will consider both influential traditional theories of art such as those of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Nietzsche, and more recent modern and postmodern critiques of traditional views. Readings will also include works by artists such as Van Gogh and Kandinsky.
Subject:
Philosophy
Department:
Philosophy
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
ART EUR PHL
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Spring 2013

PHIL0233A-S13 Lecture (Spackman)

Spring 2011

PHIL0233A-S11 Lecture (Spackman)

Fall 2008

PHIL0233A-F08 Lecture (Pacholec)

Fall 2007

PHIL0233A-F07 Lecture (Spackman)

Spring 2006

PHIL0233A-S06 Lecture (Bates)

Spring 2005

PHIL0233A-S05 Lecture (Mag Uidhir)