The Art Instinct

15 points

Not offered 2024, offered in 2011

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What is the nature of art and aesthetic experience? Is photography an art? What is creativity? What is artistic genius? Can cooking be an art? Is there a biological basis for the pleasures of art? This is a broad course to the Philosophy of Art, examining a range of philosophical problems aesthetics and value theory. Beyond philosophy students, the course is of interest to students with professional, historical, and a sociological interests in the arts, including music, painting and sculpture, literature, film and drama.


ARTT101 or at least 15 points in Philosophy. Students without this prerequisite but with at least a B average in 60 points in appropriate courses may be admitted with approval of the Programme Cordinator.


ARTT203 and PHIL322