PHIL 175 -- Aesthetics
Fall 2016

Professor:    Clinton Tolley
   office:   HSS 8018
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   email:   ctolley [at]

Teaching Assistant:   tbd
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Time:        MWF 10:00-10:50am
Location:  Hum/Soc Sciences bldg (H&SS) 1128A [map]

Required textbooks

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Course description

This course will serve as an introduction to the philosophy of art.  We will discuss topics such as the nature and value of art, aesthetic experience, artists and the production of art, the grounds of artistic interpretation and evaluation, and the role of the arts in education, culture, and politics.  Throughout the course we will engage with art of many different forms (painting, music, literature, photography, film, new media, among others) from many different historical periods, genres, and traditions.  We will also read selections from writings on art by various authors from various traditions, including classical authors like: Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, as well as more recent works by Theodor Adorno, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Anne Eaton, Michel Foucault, Cynthia Freeland, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Susanne Langer, Herbert Marcuse, Linda Nochlin, Jenefer Robinson, Tobin Siebers, Grant Tavinor, Paul Taylor, Amie Thomasson, and Kendall Walton.

ourse requirements

* weekly reading/lecture questionnaires
* weekly short written responses
* mid-term exam
* final exam
* attendance
* participation

Schedule of readings


Reference links

online encyclopedia entries:
Aesthetics (IEP)
The concept of the aesthetic (stanford)
The definition of art (stanford)
History of ontology of art (stanford)
Aesthetic judgment (stanford)
The philosophy of music (stanford)
The philosophy of film (stanford)

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last updated: Sept 22, 2016