PHIL 153 - Philosophy and the Arts
Winter 2015, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Waitlist Notes:
philosophy.staff@umich.edu
Advisory Prerequisites:
Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
Other Course Info:
Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course serves as an introduction to philosophy of art or aesthetics. The course will begin trying to answer the seemingly simple but deceptively difficult question of “what is art?” To attempt to answer this question we look into real world examples of art forgery and what this can tell us about art’s nature. The course will then look at relationships between works of art and those who view them. Specifically, we will discuss the way we value and judge art, the nature of art appreciation, and how we interpret, or ought to interpret, art. The course will then move on to examining the moral status of art; we will try to understand what makes an artwork immoral and look at the relationship between art and society. Lastly, we will look at specific aesthetic issues that arise due to the nature of music. Students should note that this is not a class that will look into issues about the history of art but rather one that is trying to answer fundamental philosophical questions about art itself.

Course Requirements:

Weekly reading questions, periodic in-class quizzes, five short writing assignments (roughly 300 words each), a final essay and a final exam.

Intended Audience:

This class is designed to accommodate a wide variety of students at various levels of background in aesthetics and philosophy. This means that no prior background in philosophy or the history of art is required for this class. Any student that has an interest in non-historical questions regarding art should take this course.

Class Format:

Each class will explore assigned reading(s) through a mixture of lecture and discussion. Each student is required to have done the assigned reading(s) in order to actively participate in course discussion.

Schedule

PHIL 153 - Philosophy and the Arts
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
30847
Open
4
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
30849
Open
4
3Y1 or Y2
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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