Erotic Themes in Art & Design
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLAH 3018
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Cultural Studies
Philosophers have differed in their views of the erotic, for it makes all the difference whether love is considered an affection of bodies, an obstacle to souls, a convention of society or a determination of individuals. In this course we read four major philosophers of love, with an eye to gaining an accurate, thorough and objective apprehension of their arguments. The insights into methods and principles thus arrived at may then be brought to bear on literary, visual and artifactual works. Students are responsible for reading 35-55 pages a week and for writing a paper of not more than 20 pages, though exceptions for longer papers may be made. Pathway: Art and Design History
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.


Open to Undergraduate students.