An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NPHI 2830
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
In this course, we explore various theories that have emerged about the arts and nature through the ages, focusing on the visual arts, music, and literature. We talk about the place of the arts and artists in society and the philosophical questions that always arise: 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, as some suggest, between aesthetic and moral judgment? This course should be of interest to students of philosophy, literature, visual and media studies, music, and art and literary criticism.