Undergraduate Course: Aesthetics (PHIL10117)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will introduce students to some central topics in contemporary aesthetics, including the nature of art, aesthetic experience, and issues arising in the philosophy of the particular arts.
The course will examine theories of beauty, the arts and the aesthetic in contemporary thinkers, while also considering historical treatments of these topics. Topics discussed will include aesthetic experience, beauty, art, the aesthetics of nature, forgery, emotion, truth and morality.
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|Pre-requisites||Normally 3 College/University Philosophy courses at grade B or above.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will acquire an understanding of some major issues in aesthetics
- An understanding of how these issues relate to continuing debates.
- An ability to read closely, analyse and criticise philosophical texts.
- Written skills and the ability to understand and analyse arguments.
- The ability to present and defend arguments.
|Introductory works. |
C. Lyas, Aesthetics.
A. Shephard, Aesthetics.
G. Graham, Philosophy of the Arts: an Introduction to Aesthetics.
D. Cooper, Classic Readings in Aesthetics.
G. Dickie and R. Sclafani, Aesthetics: a Critical Anthology. (Second edition by Dickie, Sclafani and Roblin.)
P. Lamarque and S. Olsen, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art.
A. Neill and A. Ridley, Arguing about Art .
P. Kivy, The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics.
P. Alperson, The Philosophy of the Visual Arts.
O. Hanfling, Philosophical Aesthetics; an Introduction.
S. Feagin and P. Maynard, Aesthetics.
J. Levinson, Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics.
D. Cooper, ed., A Companion to Aesthetics.
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Mason
|Course secretary||Miss Samantha Bell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602