Philosophy | Classics in the Philosophy of Art
P346 | 0481 | McCarty
Note: This is a COAS intensive writing class.
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- of the
most influential writings by philosophers about art, together with individual artworks
(e.g., Beethoven's overture "Prometheus") and genres of art (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."
Since the course is designated "Intensive Writing," there will be daily writing
assignments of 250 words or more, in addition to daily readings. We will have two
written midterm examinations and a written final examination. Occasional quizzes may
also be administered.