An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NPHI 2830
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Philosophy
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Aesthetics
This course focuses on the visual arts, music, and literature. We examine the place of the arts and artists in society and the philosophical questions they raise. What is art? Is art, in general, a human good; roughly speaking, does it enhance human experience? Does art help us create a just society? What is the relation of art to nature? What makes objects beautiful? Is beauty a necessary feature of art? Are there ways to determine quality in works of art? Is there such a thing as truth and authenticity in art? What is artistic expression? Is there a connection between aesthetic and moral judgment? ?This course will be of interest to students of philosophy, literature, visual and media studies, music, art and literary criticism.
Course Open to: Degree Students