Postgraduate Course: Ancient Aesthetics MSc (PHIL11090)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course will examine theories of beauty and the arts (especially, though not limited to, poetry and drama) in ancient thinkers, especially Plato and Aristotle; thinkers from later antiquity may also be included.
Shared with UG course PHIL10114 Ancient Aesthetics
For courses co-taught with undergraduate students and with no remaining undergraduate spaces left, a maximum of 8 MSc students can join the course. Priority will be given to MSc students who wish to take the course for credit on a first come first served basis after matriculation.
Topics discussed will include the nature of beauty, artistic representation or imitation, censorship and the place of art in education, and the concept of tragedy. The impact of ancient aesthetic theories on later thought may also be considered.
1. Plato (I): The content of poetry; censorship.
2. Plato (II): The form of poetry; mimesis (imitation) and character.
3. Plato (III); Mimesis revisited; poetry and knowledge.
4. Plato (IV): Poetry and inspiration.
5. Plato (V): Art, Beauty and Philosophy
6. Aristotle (I): Introduction to Aristotle's Poetics; mimesis; poetic form and unity; universality.
7. Aristotle (II): The definition of tragedy; the concept of catharsis.
8. Aristotle (III):The form of tragedy; the concept of hamartia.
9. Aesthetics in the Roman Empire.
10. Plotinus' theory of beauty.
11. Themes and conclusions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- an understanding of how these issues relate to continuing debates
- an ability to read closely, analyse and criticise ancient philosophical texts
- the ability to present and defend arguments
- the ability to understand and analyse arguments
|Plato, Ion: extracts from Republic, Symposium, and Phaedrus.|
Aristotle, Poetics: extracts from Politics.
(Reference may also be made to other works by Plato and Aristotle.)
Horace, The Art of Poetry
Longinus, On the Sublime
Plutarch, On the Study of Poetry
Plotinus, extracts from Enneads
Many of these texts may be found in:
A. Sheppard and O. Bychkov, eds, Greek and Roman Aesthetics
D. Russell and M. Winterbottom, eds, Ancient Literary Criticism: the Principal Texts in New Translations
D. Russell and M. Winterbottom, eds, Classical Literary Criticism (a shorter version of the previous volume).
Recommended secondary reading available on Learn.
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course will be taught by Dr Andew Mason.
The course has a 1 hour lecture and 2 x 1 hour tutorial teaching arrangement in place; students must go to ALL lectures and choose only ONE tutorial group. Students do not attend both shared tutorial groups. Courses may also have additional postgraduate-only tutorials.
|Course organiser||Prof Theodore Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3649
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002