This is the advanced version of PHIL2681, with common lectures, but separate tutorials and assessment. In this unit we will explore the idea that a work of art is best thought of on the model of intentional action. By considering examples of painting, sculpture, literature, conceptual art, film and photography we will consider questions of artifactuality, artistic intentionality, interpretation, and objecthood. A guiding theme will be the challenge to a demanding conception of art posed by various forms of skepticism about art including relativism, physicalism, and a modern scientific-minded cynicism about non-scientific understanding.
1x2-hr lecture/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week
1x500wd tutorial presentation (20%), 1x4000wd essay (70%) and tutorial participation (10%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in PhilosophyProhibitions
PHIL2518 or PHIL2618