Marymount University

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17

PH 370 Philosophy of Art

A study of the philosophical puzzles about art. Students will think critically about the significance of art for our lives. What is art? Can we define art? How does a work of art represent something? Why are we interested in specific artistic media and genres? Are judgments about art merely expressions of taste? What is good and bad taste? Are there better and worse ways to experience art? How do works of art affect our emotions? What is the artists role in culture? Should art serve social, political, or moral purposes? Readings include classic philosophical texts and contemporary articles. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-2, WI. (3)

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