Philosophy of Art

In this course, we will examine a broad set of philosophical questions about art. What is art? Why does it matter? Are there objective standards of taste, or is beauty in the eye of the beholder? What is the relationship between aesthetics and ethics? In addition to these general questions, we will consider specific philosophical puzzles posed by horror, forgery, authenticity, restoration, cultural appropriation, public sculpture, and street art.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: Open to first-year students who have taken one course in philosophy and to sophomores, juniors, and seniors without prerequisite.

Instructor: Matthes

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition; ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered