Classic Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art
Tate Modern, Monday evenings 20th October - 24th November 2008 (six sessions), 6.45 p.m. - 8.15 p.m followed by drinks. £95 (£60 concessions), booking required (details of how to book ). Price includes drinks afterwards.
An opportunity to explore classic aesthetics from Plato's Ion to Kant's Critique of Judgement. Each week we'll discuss a reading from Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology (Blackwell, 2008). Key themes include the nature of art, beauty, the sublime and value judgements about the arts. We'll also look at works in the gallery and analyse them in relation to these ideas. No knowledge of philosophy or art is needed.
This is the first of three six-session courses I will be teaching based on the Aesthetics anthology. The other courses are Modern Aesthetics(start date 16th Feb. 2009) and Contemporary Aesthetics (start date 1st June 2009). Further details about all three courses are available on the Tate Modern website.
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I will be teaching a new course Appearances at Tate Modern on Monday evenings in June 2008. Further details of this are on my weblog Art and Allusion. This will coincide with Tate Modern's new photography exhibition Street and Studio. Booking will open on the Tate Modern website from early May.
I will be leading a course on the Philosophy of Art at Tate Modern - Seven Ways of Thinking About Art - on Monday evenings 6.30- 8pm, 4th February - 17th March this year (followed by a drink in the bar from 8pm). If you are interested in attending you should book soon as these courses sell out quite quickly. I'll be posting notes from the course on my other weblog Art and Allusion. This course is a mixture of classroom discussion and looking at works of art in the gallery after the public have left (a privilege in itself).
You can get an idea of the sorts of topics covered in this course
and my approach by looking at my notes from the last time I taught the course here. We won't necessarily be looking at the same works for the upcoming course.
This course is also the basis of a book I am writing with the same name...but don't hold your breath.
I'm not a great fan of Heidegger, but if you have to read him what better way than to have Hubert Dreyfus take you through Being and Time. Life is short. If you are going to approach this monumentally obscure book at all you need a guide. Everyone does. Or else, perhaps, it would be wiser to avoid the book altogether. I believe F.R.Leavis' line on certain books was 'The critic has his economies' - i.e. critics don't need to read everything. But if you feel that you really should grasp Heidegger's main themes...then you definitely will need some help.
If you are at Berkeley, then no problem. But now we can all sit in on Dreyfus' lectures as all 22 (so far) of his Fall lecture series are available on iTunes - in the iTunesU. If you have the iTunes software on your computer, this link should take you to the podcast lectures. Also Dreyfus has links that should get you to them here. If that doesn't work, go to iTunes, then to iTunesU, then to UC Berkeley, then Arts and Humanities...Each lecture is about one and a quarter hours and is unedited - so it really does feel like sitting in on a course. Dreyfus is clearly a popular teacher - the lecture room is full to bursting.
This 4-session course investigates Louise Bourgeois’ art from a philosophical angle. Rather than dwelling on art historical connections, participants will have the opportunity to explore and discuss her work through the key themes of Life into Art, the Ambivalent Body, Transforming Pain, and Artistic Style. Bourgeois has declared that her work is about life: this course will provide a framework within which to examine that claim in the presence of the wide range of her art assembled for the major retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern. Each session will focus on a single theme, triggered by Bourgeois work, but will also address wider issues about the nature of art and expression.