|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
How do artworks represent reality? And how do they express emotions? What is beauty and by what criteria can we distinguish the beautiful? Should our aesthetic experience be informed by our moral values, or should art preserve its autonomy from the ethical? Is there any bond between our perception of natural beauty and our experience of works of art? This course addresses major questions in aesthetics through a careful interrogation of both historical and contemporary philosophical texts. We will also make use of specific artworks as illustrative cases for our philosophical inquiry.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(CSCT)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings include texts by Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Tolstoy, Collingwood, Gombrich, Wollheim, Beardsley, Danto and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three papers, class participation, and weekly comments on reading assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Previous course in philosophy is highly recommended.
|Instructor(s): Kesselman,Todd Times: ....R.. 07:00PM-09:50PM; Location: WYL115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 4||FR: 0|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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