Postgraduate Course: Aesthetics (PHIL11029)
|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 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.
Shared with undergraduate course: Aesthetics PHIL10117
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.
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, and the relation of art and morality.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand some major issues in aesthetics
- understand how these issues relate to continuing debates
- read closely, analyse and criticise philosophical texts.
- present and defend arguments
- the ability to understand and analyse 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.
A full reading list, with articles linked to each lecture topic, will be available on Learn.
||Please see Learn page
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Written skills; oral communication skills; ability to analyse and follow arguments
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course is taught by Dr Andrew Mason.
|Keywords||Aesthetics,Art,Beauty,Aesthetic value Ancient Ethics: Ancient ethics,Aristotle,Virtue
|Course organiser||Prof Theodore Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3649
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002