PHIL 185 001 – Intro to Aesthetics

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Instructor: Susan Wolf. This course meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Caldwell 105.

The course will survey a range of topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Most readings will be 20th -21st century. Central questions include: What is art? How is art related to pleasure and beauty? Is there an objective standard of taste? Other topics include the role of intention in determining aesthetic meaning, emotional responses to fictional events, the relation of aesthetic value to moral value, the aesthetics of nature, status of forgeries.

Susan Wolf’s webpage