Theories of Value
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLDS 3007
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Architectural History, Theory & Criticism
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
“A course treating issues of art and design practice in relation to the most fundamental values." Designers and artists are often asked to justify their practice in terms of values such as social awareness and sustainability, but the contents of these values are often left undefined and their grounds unexamined. But both the contents and grounds of values have been differently determined by philosophers, for it makes all the difference whether ultimate goods are sought in the eternal verities of religions, the contingent circumstances of history, the behavior of material bodies, or the structure of human nature. In this course we examine several fundamental theories of value, with special attention to individual conduct, the status of pleasure, and the structure of argument. Pathway: Design Studies.
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.