Faculty of Arts

PHIL 212

Philosophy of the Arts

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PHIL 212.


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 artistic fakes and the paradox of our enjoying tragedies are also discussed.

Availability 2018

Not taught in 2018


Coordinator(s) Distinguished Professor Stephen Davies


Stephen Davies, The Philosophy of Art, 2nd ed. (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016)

Recommended Reading

Robert Stecker, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: An Introduction, 2nd ed. (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010)

Theodore Gracyk, The Philosophy of Art: An Introduction (Cambridge: Polity, 2012)


Coursework + exam


PHIL 212: 15.0 points


30 points in Philosophy, or 90 points


PHIL 332

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