Philosophy

Aesthetics

Module code: V5019
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

Aesthetics is concerned with two sorts of philosophical questions: questions about aesthetic experience and judgment, and questions about art.

They are connected, insofar as art is thought to be one of the primary sources of aesthetic experience.

However, not every question in aesthetics is about art; and not all questions about art are about aesthetic experience.

In this module you tackle questions raised by aesthetics in this wide sense, and will approach them from an "analytic" perspective.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the main topics and issues of debate in contemporary philosophical aesthetics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge with topics in the history of aesthetics.
  • Critically engage with philosophical texts in aesthetics.
  • Develop and defend independent views on the core topics of the course.