Aesthetics and Art (PHIL2618)


"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."

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1x2-hr lecture/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd essay (50%) and 1x2000wd take-home exam (50%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 junior credit points in Philosophy) or (12 junior credit points in Art History)


PHIL2518 or PHIL3681

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