PHI 3240: Philosophy of Art

 

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Syllabus [updated 11/7/15]
Assignment Instructions
(for Mini-Essays & Presentations)
Art Venues & Event Listings
(for extra credit / for fun)

Midterm Grades [posted 11/7/15]
Final Essay & Outline Instructions [posted 11/22/15]

This course schedule is subject to change.

Enrolled students will be notified of updates via email.

MONDAY WEDNESDAY
1. August 31st 2. September 2nd
Introduction to the course

Session 1 Slides

Pryor, “Guidelines on Reading Philosophy”
Shusterman, The Fine Art of Rap

Session 2 Slides
*NO CLASS Monday Sept. 7th
[Labor Day]*
3. [*WEDNESDAY*] Sept. 9th
 4. [*THURSDAY*] Sept. 10th
Collingwood, “Principles of Art”
Bell, “Art and Significant Form”Session 3 Slides
Pryor, “Guidelines on Writing a Phil. Paper”
Carroll, “Identifying Art” (Don’t worry about the last section, “Levinson and Danto”)
Session 4 Slides
September 14th 5.   September 16th
NO CLASS – CUNY HOLIDAY Gaut “Art as a Cluster Concept”

Session 5 Slides

6.   September 21st September 23rd
*FIRST MINI-ESSAY DUE*
Riggle, “Street Art: Transfiguration of the Commonplaces”Session 6 Slides
NO CLASS – CUNY HOLIDAY
7.   September 28th 8.   September 30th
Smuts, “Are Video Games Art?”

Session 7 Slides

Plato, The Republic (Excerpts from Books II & III)

Nehamas, “Plato’s Pop Culture Problem, and Ours”

Session 8 Slides

Presentation: Iris H.

9. October 5th 10.   October 7th
Carroll, “The Arts, Emotion, and Evolution”

Session 9 Slides

Presentation: Eddy

Saito, “Significance of Everyday Aesthetics”

Session 10 Slides

Presentation: Dante

October 12th 11.   October 14th
NO CLASS – COLUMBUS DAY Nochlin, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”

Session 11 Slides

Presentation: Iris K.

October 19th 12.   October 21st
CLASS CANCELLED *SECOND MINI-ESSAY DUE*

Walton, “Categories of Art”

Session 12 Slides

13.   October 26th 14.   October 28th
Kieran, “The Fragility of Aesthetic Knowledge”

Session 13 Slides

Irvin, “Is Aesthetic Experience Possible?”

Session 14 Slides

Presentation: Sheryl

15. November 2nd 16.   November 4th
Walton, “Fearing Fictions”

Session 15 Slides

Presentation: Dona

 GUEST LECTURE by Simon Høffding 

“What is Aesthetic Experience like to the Expert Performer? Phenomenological Lessons with the Danish String Quartet

Required Reading:

Hulburt & Cobo, “Multiple Autonomous Experience in a Skilled Musician”

Høffding, “What is Skilled Coping?”

17.   November 9th 18. November 11th
Robinson, “The Expression and Arousal of Emotion in Music”

Session 17 Slides

Presentation: Roberta

*THIRD MINI-ESSAY DUE*
Tullman, “The Fictional Stance”Session 18 Slides

Presentation: Andre

19. November 16th 20. November 18th
Feagin, “The Pleasures of Tragedy”

Session 19 Slides

Presentation: Chuchu

Carroll, “Moderate Moralism”

Session 20 Slides

Presentation: Dennis

21. November 23rd 22. November 25th
Anderson and Dean, “Moderate Autonomism”

Session 21 Slides

Presentation: Alex

Devereaux, “Beauty and Evil: The Case of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will

Session 22 Slides

Presentation: Timothy

23. November 30th 24. December 2nd
Flory, “Race and Imaginative Resistance in James Cameron’s Avatar”

Session 23 Slides

Presentation: Kevin

Berleant, “Sensuous & the Sensual in Aesthetics”

Session 24 Slides

Presentation: Aumio

25. December 7th 26. December 9th
*FINAL ESSAY OUTLINE(S) DUE*
Eaton, “What’s Wrong with the Female Nude?”

Session 25 Slides

Maes, “Who Says Pornography Can’t Be Art?”

Session 26 Slides

Presentation: Ny-Ya

27. December 14th December 21st
Optional Office Hours  ***FINAL ESSAY(S) DUE BY EMAIL***
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