Philosophy | Calssics in Philosophy of Art
P346 | 3775 | McCarty


This will be a course neither in art history nor in art criticism,
although we will learn something of art's history along the way.
Our principal goal will be to learn to think and to write critically
about art and philosophy.  We will not attempt a thorough cross-
cultural survey of art.  Instead, we will make close, philosophical
examinations of some of the most influential writings by
philosophers about art, together with examples from artistic genres
(e.g., Greek tragedy and German expressionism) about which or in
association with which those works were written.  REadings will
include Plato's "Ion", Aristotle's "poetics," Hume's essay on
a "Standard of Taste," Schiller's "Aesthetic Education," Adorno's
articles on television and ideology, and Collingwood's "Principles
of Art."

We will have two written midterm examinations and a written final
exam.  Occasional quizzes may also be administered.  There will be
frequent, graded writing assignments.