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PHIL2618 - Aesthetics and Art

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: David Macarthur


Why is art important to us? What is an aesthetic response to something? What is the relation between art and aesthetics? Is there such a thing as objective interpretation of an artwork? Or is it all a matter of taste? Should we believe in "the death of the author"? What is the relation between art and representation, expression and emotion? We shall discuss these and other questions (e.g. modernity, metaphor) from the perspective of an historical approach to the philosophical study of aesthetics and art.


1x2500 word essay (50%) and 1x2000 word take-home exam (50%)


Readings include Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Tostoy, Collingwood, Danto, Fried, and Cavell. These will be made available from the University Copy Centre.


1x2 hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial per week


12 Junior credit points in Philosophy.



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