Mar 21, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 438 - Aesthetics

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Aesthetics is often identified with its major component, the philosophy of art. And while beauty is the aesthetic property most often associated with thinking in aesthetics, our experience of awe, humor, horror and disgust are also of considerable interest. The course begins with an examination of the notion of aesthetic experience in its relation to nature and art. Other topics include imagination and creation; aesthetic evaluation and criticism; copies, forgeries and imitations; objects and performances; the presentation of art to the public; and aesthetics, morality and censorship. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Reflect on philosophical issues raised by artistic phenomena and the possibility of aesthetic experience
  • Consider definitions of art, the function of museums, public art, and standards of taste and evaluation
  • Analyze the ontological status of art works, reproductions and digital art, depiction, horror and sublimity, and somaesthetics

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Course introduction and theories of art
  • Dewey, Danto and Dutton
  • Parker and Stolnitz
  • Melchionne, Hein, et al.
  • Hume, Leddy and Brand
  • Bourdieu and Cohen
  • Plato, Bass et al.
  • Carroll, Gadamer, and MacKenzie
  • Benjamin and Shusterman
  • Videos
  • Exams

Dr. Jon Borowicz

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