20704222 - AESTHETICS

The teaching of Aesthetics is part of the characterising educational activities of the Philosophy degree.
By the end of the course, students will have acquired a basic knowledge of the vocabulary and fundamental problems of aesthetics. The course also aims at the acquisition of a method for reading texts on aesthetic topics.
Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in discussion and argumentation from both a theoretical and a historical-philosophical perspective.
Students will have acquired
- critical thinking skills in relation to the history of aesthetics;
- property of language and argumentative capacity in relation to the topics covered in the course;
- ability to critically read and analyse texts.
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Mutuazione: 20704222 ESTETICA in Filosofia L-5 N0 ANGELUCCI DANIELA


In the first unit, students will be given an introduction to the vocabulary and problems of aesthetics. In particular, we will follow the historical path of the terms: Aesthetics, Imitation, Art, Beauty.
The unit will be divided into three parts:
1) Introduction to the term aesthetics, as experience and as a philosophical discipline. Concerning the birth of the term: reading and commentary by Baumgarten, Aesthetica, Introduction.
2) Art and mimesis, from antiquity to the eighteenth century: (partial) reading and commentary of Plato, Republic X; Aristotle, Poetica; Batteux, Le belle arti
3) The beautiful: reading and commentary of Kant, Analitica del bello.
All the texts are collected in the anthology Estetica, edited by P. D'Angelo, E. Franzini, G. Scaramuzza Raffaello Cortina, Milan.

The second part will explore the concept of sublime.
It will then be articulated in the following way:
1) Reading and commentary of Kant, Analitica del Sublime.
2) Explanation of the interpretation of Lyotard, with reading and commentary of selected passages of the text in the program.

Core Documentation

For Erasmus students:
Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology, ed. by S. Ross, S. M. Cahn, Wiley, 2020.

Type of delivery of the course

The course includes Lectures; Discussions with students and debates on topics covered. Attendance is not mandatory, but strongly recommended.

Type of evaluation

The evaluation will be carried out by means of an oral test, during which students will be questioned the texts proposed in the syllabus.