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PHIL 267
Fall 2013 not offered
Crosslisting: COL 266
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

Classical mimetic and literary theory and German aesthetic theory were two of the most exciting and revolutionary periods in philosophical aesthetics. Among the prominent philosophers working in the heyday of aesthetics, we will look at Plato, Aristotle and the influence of these classical debates on authors grouped under the label, German Romantic aestheticians, such as Herder, Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Schlegel, Novalis, Winkelmann, Hölderlin, Nietzsche, and Hegel. What emerged out of these debates for modern and contemporary aesthetics was a number of central topics, issues, arguments, and controversies having to do with perceptual normativity and the unity of aesthetic experience. In this course, in addition to gaining an overview of the development of philosophical aesthetics, we will examine in depth topics including Goethe's theory of color and its impact on the arts; Wittgenstein's remarks on color; whether our cognitive beliefs change what we see; a model of color perception as a standard of veridicality/error for aesthetic judgments; the concept of unity and disunity in color perception; among others. While we will be primarily focusing on aesthetic theories, we will avoid cutting off aesthetic theory from facts about particular works that could possibly support, enrich, or refute aesthetic theories.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(CSCT)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(STS)

Last Updated on MAY-26-2024
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