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.
- Spring 2013
- Twilight Hall 302(AXT 302)
- 2:50pm-4:05pm on Monday, Wednesday (Feb 11, 2013 to May 13, 2013)
- John Spackman
- Requirements Fulfilled:
- ART EUR PHL
- View availability and requirements.
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