Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Aesthetics

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Different theories have sought to define art in terms of representation, expression and form. On the one hand it will be argued that no single theory can do justice to the variety of art-forms and art-objects that form part of our artistic tradition. On the other it will be shown that there is much to learn from all the theories taken together as long as we are prepared to give up claims of exclusive applicability made by any one of them. Wittgenstein’s notions of family resemblance and language games are used to throw light on the “unity in diversity” of artistic modes of expression.

Reading List:

- Sheppard, A. (1987) Aesthetics: an Introduction to the Philosophy of Art. Oxford: OUP.
- Hanfling, O., ed. (1992) Philosophical Aesthetics - an Introduction. UK: Blackwell and The Open University.
- Savile, A. (1982) The Test of Time. Oxford.
- Townsend, D. (1997) An Introduction to Aesthetics. Blackwell.
- Lyas, C. (1997) Aesthetics. U.C.L. Press.
- Graham, G. (1997) Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics. Routledge.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Friggieri

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