Undergraduate Course: Aesthetics (PHIL10117)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|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 may include aesthetic experience, beauty, art, the aesthetics of nature, forgery, emotion, truth and morality.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) AND
Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014)
||Other requirements|| Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Philosophy courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Mid-Term Essay (1500 words) - 40%
Final Essay (2500 words)- 55%
Participation - 5%
|No Exam Information
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 Eli Lichtenstein
|Course secretary||Ms Veronica Vivi