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180180 SE Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 28.05. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 3A NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 04.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 3A NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 06.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 3A NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 18.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 3A NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 25.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 3A NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 27.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 3A NIG 3.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Art is all around us, and human beings have been engaging in what we would call aesthetic and artistic activities for at least forty thousand years, drawing animals on cave walls, playing music on bone flutes, and sculpting human figures, and decorating their bodies. Is there something in common to all these activities that we can say defines art? Relatedly, what would we say the artwork is: a physical object, an activity, a mental object, or an abstract object? Should we give the same answer for musical works and sculptures? When we say something is beautiful, are we attributing a property to that thing, or merely expressing a personal liking? What can we say about that experience of finding something beautiful it a unique kind of experience, unlike anything else? What is the right approach to the interpretation of works of art? And what makes art something that we value? We will examine all of these questions, aided by readings from contemporary philosophers in the analytic tradition.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Timely reading of required texts

- Class participation

- Four 2-page critical summaries (40%)

- A term paper (60%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Peter Lamarque and Stein Olsen, editors, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: The Analytic Tradition (Blackwell, 2004).

- Anna Christina Ribeiro, editor, The Bloomsbury Companion to Aesthetics (Bloomsbury, 2015).

- Various handouts

Association in the course directory

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