Faculty of Arts

PHIL 332

Philosophy of the Arts

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for PHIL 332.


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.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Distinguished Professor Stephen Davies


Stephen Davies, The Philosophy of Art. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006).

Recommended Reading

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


PHIL 212

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