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Phil 152

Dr. Assaya Pascalev

The course explores traditional and contemporary issues in aesthetics, or the philosophy of art and beauty. We seek to understand the definition, nature and meaning of art, the philosophical aspects of the process of art creation and appreciation, and the interplay between art and its moral and social context. We explore such challenging questions as: What is art? What is beauty? What is ugliness? Should art be censored? When artistic and moral values clash, which ones should take precedence? Why have there been no great women artists in the history of the Western art? Is beauty merely in the eye of the beholder or is it an objective property of the artwork?

While the primary focus of the course is theoretical, we spend a substantial amount of time experiencing art itself in and outside the classroom through multimedia presentations, visits to select art galleries and guest presentations. The primary philosophical texts by Plato, D. Hume, I. Kant, L. Tolstoy, N. Caroll, R. Colingwood, G. Dickie, A. Danto, N. Goodman and others provide a framework for our analyses of concrete artworks and the particular artworks serve as case studies of the plausibility of the theoretical views studied in the course.


African American Philosophy
Afro-Caribbean Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Classical Ethics
Comparative Philosophy: Philosophical Explanations of Evil Across Cultures
Current Topics: Philosophy and Ethics of Appropriate Technology and Development
Current Topics: Africana Philosophy and Film
Environmental Ethics
Ethics and Public Policy
Ethics of Medical Care
Ethics of Medical Care
History of Africana Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Social Science
Principles of Reasoning
Representative Thinkers
Seminar on Aristotle 
Symbolic Logic


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