22910040 - Aesthetics

The teaching of Estetica aims to give students the knowledge of two different interpretations of the art typical of our time, the psychological and socio-political, within a philosophical framework of reference.
With the study of Aesthetics the student will be able to achieve the following educational objectives:
Knowledge and skills
- to know the structural and content elements of aesthetics, both from a theoretical and a historical point of view;
- to recognize the fundamental concepts of the discipline, in relation to the monographic topics dealt with during the course;
- understand the specific lexicon of the discipline.
Ability to apply knowledge and skills
- apply the knowledge and skills acquired in educational contexts;
- to deal autonomously and consciously with themes and concepts.
Autonomy of judgement
- development of autonomous processing skills and critical reading skills.
-to connect the concepts addressed during the course with the cultural transformations taking place.
Communication skills
- acquisition and use of the specific lexicon of the discipline in different contexts.
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ome necessary philosophical concepts for the correct definition of aesthetic experience and its forms: the concept of beauty in the history of western thought; the value of beauty, its function, its ontological consistency, the difference with the beauty of provocation and consumption, the subjective conditions of the experience linked to aesthetic pleasure, the cognitive value of aesthetic.
1.Aesthetics, the epistemological statute; 2. Aesthetical experience as anthropological practice: an historical path; 3. The Aesthetics of Media: the aestheticization of communication (M. McLuhan, J. Habermas);4. The contemporary context: between real and digital. A reflection about a possible redefinition of the concepts of perception and experience; 5. Virtual realities and illusory worlds: the paradigm of Augmented Reality, an aesthetic anthropological reading.6. Esthetic of body, the post human; 7.The new narrative modalities. An interpretation of reality through the "aesthetics" of the TV series. 8. The processes of aestheticization in the different cultural contexts (India, Africa, Europe).

Core Documentation

Testo obbligatorio:
Material will be provided for each learning unit. The reference text used is
F. Desideri, C. Cantelli, Storia dell'Estetica occidentale. Da Omero alle neuroscienze – edizione 2020 to study only the pages:
1. L’estetica antica 23-26; 28-30 (Arte come mímēsis); 41-58; 67-74; 2. L’estetica medievale 75-78; 3 L’Estetica del Quattrocento e Cinquecento 154-159; 163-166; 181-187; 4. L’estetica Barocca 212-214; 5. L’estetica del Settecento 249-257; 305-321; 6. L’estetica dell’Ottocento 331-335; 349-357; 359-363; 438-442; 7. XX-XXI sec. 397-398; 411-413; 450-455; 520-527.

A text must be chosen in agreement with the teacher from among these indicated:

P. Bernardi, L’ombra della morte nella pittura occidentale, Scholé, Brescia 2021
C. Caneva, Bellezza e persona. L’esperienza estetica come epifania dell’umano in Luigi Pareyson, Armando, Roma 2008.
C. Caneva, La musica arte dell'interiorità: per una fenomenologia del suono in Orientamenti pedagogici, 2019, n.2 (376) vol. 66, pp. 33-44.
A. Caneva, C. Caneva, C. Costa, F. Orlando, L’immaginario contemporaneo. La grande pro-vocazione delle serie TV, Mimesis, Milano 2018.
V. Codeluppi, Mi metto in vetrina. Selfie, Facebook, Apple, Hello Kitty, Renzi e altre “vetrinizzazioni”, Mimesis, Milano 2015.
P. Granata, Arte, estetica e nuovi media, Fausto Lupetti editore, Bologna 2009.
T. Griffero, Atmosferologia. Estetica degli spazi emozionali, Bompiani, Milano 2007.
A. Kolnai, Il disgusto, Marinotti, Milano 2017.
L. Pareyson, Estetica. Teoria della Formatività, Bompiani Milano 2005.

Type of evaluation

The final exam consists of a multiple choice questionnaire with one open question.