USK_04 Introduction to Aesthetics and the General Theory of Art

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Jozef Cseres, PhD. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Dagmar Koudelková
Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Jan Karafiát
Supplier department: Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Fri 17. 9. 15:00–16:40 N51, Fri 15. 10. 15:00–16:40 N51, Fri 12. 11. 15:00–16:40 N51, Fri 10. 12. 15:00–16:40 N51
Orientation in the philosophy of arts, aesthetics, and theory of art.
Course Enrolment Limitations
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fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to inform students about the basic conceptions of art, issues and categories of aesthetics generated during the history of philosophical-aesthetical reflection of arts. The course also offers the actual solutions of basic issues of philosophy, aesthetics and theory of art after the art broke-up with beauty and the artists resigned to craft skills and stopped to make the sensually attractive artifacts.
Learning outcomes
Student will be informed about the basic conceptions of art, issues and categories of aesthetics.
  • 1. Philosophical-aesthetical reflection of performing and fine arts since ancient times till the 18th century. 2. Baumgarten’s conception of aesthetics as a modern science of sensations. 3. Arts in Kant’s Critique of Taste and formalism in aesthetics. 4. Hegel’s, Schopenhauer’s and Nietzsche’s philosophies of art. 5. Clive Bell, Susanne K. Langer, and significant art form. 6. Structuralism and work of art. 7. Arthur C. Danto and artworld. 8. Beauty and sublime in arts. 9. Modern art’s breaking-up with beauty. 10. Art and new sensibility. 11. Wolfgang Welsch and aesthetical thought.
    required literature
  • KANT, Immanuel. Kritika soudnosti. Praha, 1975.
  • WELSCH, Wolfgang: Estetické myslenie. Bratislava, 2002.
  • LANGEROVÁ, Susanne K.: O významovosti v hudbe. Genéza umeleckého zmyslu. Bratislava, 1998.
  • LANGEROVÁ, Susanne: Kulturní význam umění. In: Iluminace 1/1996, Praha, s. 82-87.
  • DANTO, Arthur C.: Zneužitie krásy. Bratislava, 2008.
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Studie z estetiky. Praha, 1966.
  • SCHNEIDER, Norbert: Dejiny estetiky od osvietenstva po postmodernu. Bratislava, 2002.
    recommended literature
  • HEGEL, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich: Estetika I, II. Praha, 1966.
  • BELL, Clive: Art. New York, 1958.
  • NIETZSCHE, Friedrich: Zrození tragédie. Praha, 2008.
  • HANSLICK, Eduard: O hudebním krásnu. Praha, 1973.
  • LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude: Mýtus a význam. Bratislava, 1993.
  • SCHOPENHAUER, Arthur: Svět jako vůle a představa I., II. Pelhřimov, 1997.
  • KULKA, Tomáš – CIPORANOV, Denis (eds.): Co je umění? Praha, 2010.
  • NIETZSCHE, Friedrich: Soumrak model/Duševní aristokratismus/O umění. Praha, 2009.
Teaching methods
lecture, discussion
Assessment methods
final test
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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