An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art
A 5-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton
Maximum class size 35
Teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion
No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed
This course runs for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning 13th January 2015 (13th, 20th, 27th January, and 3rd and 1oth February)
The course will run from 8.10pm - 9.40pm in the Bertrand Russell room (apart from 2oth Jan, which is in the Brockway Room)
This is an introductory course examining some key ideas in the Philosophy of Art. Topics discussed will include several different approaches to the question 'What is Art?' such as Clive Bell's Formalism, R.G. Collingwood's The Principles of Art, the neo-Wittgensteinian critique of attempts to define art, Arthur Danto and George Dickie on art and institutions. We'll also discuss questions about the relevance of an artist's intentions to interpretation, and the vexed issue of the basis of critical judgments about particular works of art, taking off from David Hume's famous essay 'Of the Standard of Taste'.
If you want to do some background reading before the course starts, my book The Art Question covers several of these topics. You might also listen to this Philosophy Bites interview with Derek Matravers on the definition of art.
For those who haven't studied Philosophy before, my books Philosophy: the Basics and A Little History of Philosophy are intended for general readers. Philosophy: the Basics includes a chapter on the Philosophy of Art.
The price for the 5-session course is £85 payable in advance via Paypal using the buttons below. (concessions - full time students, unemployed, and those who have attend previous courses I've run: £70 - use drop down menu on Paypal button).
Special price if you take both An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art and An Introduction to Existentialism courses: £150 full price, concessions (as above) £120. Further details of An Introduction to Existentialism course (this course runs on the same evenings as the existentialism course from 6.30pm - 8pm).
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