20704096 - ESTETICA

The aim of this course is to provide students with the basic notions of aesthetics (from beautiful to kitsch, from ugly to sublime, from interesting to horror and terror), following its conceptual evolution and transformations from antiquity to the modern age and to the present day.
One of the main educational goals of this course is to provide students with a solid knowledge of aesthetics and the philosophy of art, as well as the ability to orientate themselves among the various philosophical and artistic positions of recent decades. Students will be stimulated to critically examine the topics proposed in order to develop an autonomous capacity for analysis and sensitivity to aesthetic issues.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to use with awareness the philosophical-aesthetic vocabulary and the bibliographical tools useful to deepen the themes of modern and contemporary aesthetics, both Western and Eastern.

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The course will first of all offer an overview of the main aesthetic categories - from beautiful to ugly, from interesting to Kitsch, from sublime to horror and terror - in order to assess their relevance in contemporary artistic practices. In addition, the conception of the classical and of beauty in G.W.F. Hegel's philosophy of art will be explored.

Core Documentation

1.F. Iannelli: Dissonanze contemporanee. Arte e vita in un tempo inconciliato. Quodlibet 2010 (up to p. 206).
S. Settis. Il futuro del classico, EINAUDI, Turin, 2004.

3a.G.W.F. Hegel, Aesthetics. Winter semester 1820/21 (manuscript by Wilhelm von Ascheberg and Willem Sax van Terborg) edited by F. Iannelli and M. Farina, with translations by G. Schimmenti, E. Caramelli, F. Pitillo, M. Farina, F. Iannelli, Markus Ophaelders, Giulia Battistoni, Elena Nardelli, Paolo D'Angelo, F. Campana, Orthotes, Naples 2023, in press (only the part on classical art).


3b.G.W.F. Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of Art. The Hotho transcript of the 1823 Berlin Lectures, ed. by R.F. Brown, together with an introduction by A. Gethmann-Siefert, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014 (only the section "the Classical art form"), p. 311-330.

Type of delivery of the course

The course includes lectures and discussions with students. In the event of an extension of the COVID-19 health emergency, all provisions governing the way in which teaching activities are carried out will be incorporated.

Type of evaluation

The written test is made up of 15 questions of different types, both "closed" (e.g. multiple choice questions, punctured text, etc.) and "open" (e.g. questions requiring the inclusion of a definition or the genesis of a concept, the fundamental stages in the evolution of an aesthetic category, etc.). The following will be assessed - the ability to summarise complex content in a few lines (in the case of open-ended questions) - the level of knowledge of the conceptual content of the texts examined (by means of open questions and questions with full text) - mastery of more specific information, e.g. recognising the author of individual works of art or the production of specific artists etc. (in the case of multiple-choice questions). (in the case of multiple-choice answers) Duration of test: 90 minutes