Philosophy and Aesthetics
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
20 October 2023
Requisites for this module
This module is dedicated to the theoretical reflection on aesthetic practices and objects and their history (from artworks to the aesthetic strategies of protest movements). It will shed light on what it means to relate aesthetically to one's life, social world, or art.
The module examines why aesthetic practices and experiences play such a central role in continental thought from Kant and Hegel to Adorno and Rancière.
The aims of this module are:
- To introduce students to main themes in philosophy and aesthetics.
- To consider what philosophical issues have been at stake in the development of aesthetic practices.
- To consider how aesthetics interacts with other currents of philosophical, art historical and critical social thought.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Understand what makes the aesthetics a distinctive tradition within modern European philosophy.
- Understand the central philosophical problems involved in aesthetics and aesthetic practices.
- Form their own view of the validity of aesthetic theories.
No additional information available.
This module will be delivered via:
- One 2-hour seminar per week.
- One Reading Week with no seminars.
Discussion will be encouraged throughout.
Guyer, P. (2014) A history of modern aesthetics
. New York , NY: Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107110342
Reckwitz, A. and Black, S. (2018) Invention of Creativity
. John Wiley and Sons Ltd. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4875216
Rebentisch, J. and Ganahl, J. (2016) The art of freedom: on the dialectics of democratic existence
. Cambridge: Polity Press. Available at: https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=1259550
Ranciere, J. (2013) Politics of Aesthetics
. Edited by G. Rockhill. London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=5309787
Miller, J. (2021) Politics of Perception and the Aesthetics of Social Change
. Columbia University Press. Available at: https://www-degruyter-com.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/doi/book/10.7312/mill20142
Honneth, A. and Ranciere, J. (2016) Recognition or Disagreement
. NY: Columbia University Press. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4471743
Schaub, J. (2019) ‘Aesthetic freedom and democratic ethical life: A Hegelian account of the relationship between aesthetics and democratic politics’, European Journal of Philosophy
, 27(1), pp. 75–97. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/ejop.12403
Chiapello, E. (2004) ‘Evolution and Co-optation: The "Artist Critique” of Management and Capitalism’, Third Text
, 18(6), pp. 585–594. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/0952882042000284998
‘What is Liberation? Christoph Menke in dialogue with Beate Roessler and Titus Stahl’ (2023). YouTube: SPUI 25. Available at: https://youtu.be/_AlFGHcQLBA?feature=shared
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||4000 word essay
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Joerg Schaub, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHAIS Postgraduate Queries: email@example.com
Dr Alexander Golob
King's College London
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Of 18 hours, 18 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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