Aesthetics:Philosophy of Art
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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPHI 6690
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Social Sciences
In this course, we will think about the fate of art in the modern age alongside some of the most influential and significant philosophical reflections on art. Among the questions we will discuss: How have modern science, capitalism, mechanical reproduction and various technological developments affected artistic practices? How to understand the emergence of new artistic practices and possibilities over the past two centuries, especially? How might we understand the relationship between art and nature, in light of developments like abstract expressionism or new digital media? After a look at ancient writings -- Plato and Aristotle, chiefly -- we will focus primarily on modern writers: Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Adorno, Benjamin and other recent commentators. We will also talk about artist and artworks themselves.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Not open to Undergraduate students.