ESAA02 Analytical Aesthetics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2014
Extent and Intensity
0/2. 4 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Rostislav Niederle, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Petr Osolsobě, Ph.D.
Department of Aesthetics - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Ing. Ivana Vašinová
Supplier department: Department of Aesthetics - Faculty of Arts
Basic Knowledge of English aethetical terminology.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
Analytical philosophy of the 20th century period is represented by the works of G. Frege, L. Wittgenstein, B. Russell or Pavel Tichý. Analytical Aesthetics as one of the most important movements in philosophical aesthetics of the 20th century. The movement is characterized by the emphasis on a language analysis as the key method of the research. The basic papers of the analytical aesthetic are introduced: Of the Standard of Taste (David Hume), Aesthetic Concepts (Frank Sibley), Profundity of Music, Platonism in Music: A Kind of Defense (Peter Kivy), An Aesthetic Definition of Art (Monroe Beardsley), The Test of Time (Anthony Savile). Introdution into problems and methods of the field are introduced continuously.
  • 1. Language analysis as the tool of the /philosophicalaesthetical research; 2. Formulating the problem: David Hume: Of the Standard of Taste; 3. Reformulating the problem in the 20th century: Frank Sibley: Aesthetic Concepts; 4. Musical mutation: Peter Kivy: Profundity of Music, Platonism in Music: A Kind of Defense; 5. The problem of definition: Monroe Beardsley: An Aesthetic Definition of Art; 6. Inner value of art: G. E. Moore: Principia Ethica; Anthony Savile: The Test of Time; 7. Essentialism: Aesthetics of Ludwig Wittgenstein; 8. Aesthetical supervenience: Aesthetical vs. nonaesthetical concepts as a logical problem; 9. Ontology of art: Gregory Currie: Ontology of Art; 10. Value of Art: Peter Strawson: Aesthetic Appraisal and Works of Art; 11. Eticism: beauty and/or Good: Berys Gaut: The Ethical Criticism of Art.
    recommended literature
  • The Oxford handbook of aesthetics. Edited by Jerrold Levinson. 1st pub. in pbk. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. xv, 821. ISBN 0199279454. info
  • Aesthetics and the philosophy of art : the analytic tradition : an anthology. Edited by Peter Lamarque - Stein Haugom Olsen. 1st pub. Malden: Blackwell, 2004. xii, 571. ISBN 9781405105828. info
  • CARROLL, Noël. Philosophy of art : a contemporary introduction. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 1999. ix, 273. ISBN 9780415159647. info
Teaching methods
Reading, argumentation and discussion on the base of the read.
Assessment methods
Each student chooses 1 paper of the analytical aesthetics in English (cca 10 pages lenght, the list of them is to be found at the www. Seminar of Aesthetics pages) then translates it into Czech. First of all the chosen paper is announced to the lecturer.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: Předmět je vhodný pro všechny oboru MU !.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2019.
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