Philosophy | Classics in philosophy of art
P346 | 0491 | J. Weinberg
Note: This is a COAS intensive writing course. Students must also
register in W333.
What is the nature of beauty? Is there more to art than being a
beautiful representation of the world? What about emotional
expression? Or the communication of personal experience or knowledge?
And how have the answers to those questions changed over the last two
and a half millenia? As all good things go back to the Greeks, we'll
start our whirlwind tour of the history of the philosophy of art where
it all begins: Plato and Aristotle. We'll have a very brief stop in
the middle ages, then on to the great flowering of modern aesthetics
with Hume, Burke, and the ever-inscrutable, ever-important Kant.
Finally, we'll fast-forward to the 20th century, with Collingwood's
curmudgeonly aesthetics of personal expression, Goodman's impressively
analytic account of representation; and Carroll's close attention to
the oft-neglected horror genre.
The course will be very discussion-heavy, so students will be expected
to be very prepared to participate in each class meeting. To
encourage such participation, students will be required to post
regular 'ultrashort' commentaries on the assigned readings for any
given meeting; other students will be required to respond to, and
comment upon, those assignments. Students will also be required to
write two 6 to 8 page papers, one of which will then be rewritten and
expanded upon, to become a 10 to 12 page final term paper. There will
also be an in-class midterm and an in-class final.