What is beauty and by what criteria can we distinguish the beautiful? On what grounds can we assert our aesthetic judgments in the face of disagreement? Are judgments of beauty entirely unlike judgments of fact? 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. The specific topic or focus of the course may vary by year.
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|Course Format: Lecture / 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: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will include selections from Plato, Aristotle, Kant's CRITIQUE OF THE POWER OF JUDGMENT, and Nelson Goodman's LANGUAGES OF ART.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three 5pp papers and class participation; no final exam.
|Instructor(s): Guenova,Ludmila Ludmilova Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 4||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 4||FR: 0|