Faculty of Arts
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.
Coordinator(s) Distinguished Professor Stephen Davies
Stephen Davies, The Philosophy of Art. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006).
Robert Stecker, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: An Introduction, (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010, second edition).
Theodore Gracyk, The Philosophy of Art: An Introduction. (Cambridge: Polity, 2012)
Coursework + exam
PHIL 332: 15.0 points
Any 30 points at Stage II in Philosophy