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Undergraduate Course Details
Number PHL 308N
Title Philosophy of Art
Credits 3.0
Distribution DI


This course will critically examine the philosophical role of art and beauty. Students will explore the concept of beauty through a philosophical engagement with different cultures and styles of artwork. Possible topics can include feminist theories of art, African-American art, and philosophies of beauty in painting, music or theatre. Students will learn to analyze the existential and ontological dimensions of art. Finally, students will critically evaluate what both philosophers and artists have to say regarding the creative process. Three lecture hours per week. Required for Music majors. Recommended for Art and English majors and minors. Not open to students who have received credit for PHL308.