Faculty of Arts

PHIL 731

Philosophy of the Arts 1

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PHIL 731.


This course considers contemporary debates by Anglo-American analytic philosophers about aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

Among the questions likely to be addressed are these: What is the nature of aesthetic experience? Should we value works as art for what we can learn from them? What constitutes artistic expression? In what ways is the imagination involved in engaging with art works? Can emotional responses to fiction be genuine and rational? Is artistic intention relevant to the interpretation of art works? Are there general principles of evaluation? What are the relations between the moral and aesthetic values of art?

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Availability 2018

Not taught in 2018


Lecturer(s) Distinguished Professor Stephen Davies

Recommended Reading

Students who have not done PHIL 212 or 332 are recommended to read Stephen Davies, The Philosophy of Art, 2nd ed. (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).


PHIL 731: 15.0 points

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