PHIL 332

Philosophy of the Arts


Considers a range of issues debated by contemporary philosophers concerning the origins, function, definition, ontology, presentation, interpretation, appreciation, expressiveness, representational character, and value of art. Related and applied topics, such as the status of colourised movies, the status of artistic fakes, and the paradox of our enjoying tragedies are also discussed.

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Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




Stephen DAVIES. The Philosophy of Art. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. 2nd ed. ISBN: 978-1-119-09165-3. (Available as an e-book via the library.)

Recommended Reading

Theodore Gracyk, The Philosophy of Art: An Introduction, (Cambridge: Polity, 2012);

Robert Stecker, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: An Introduction, (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010, 2nd ed.).


Coursework + exam


PHIL 332: 15 points


30 points at Stage II in Philosophy or Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice


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