ESA190 Aesthetica Perennis: Aesthetics as A Theory of Beauty

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s) (plus 1 credit for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: k (colloquium). Other types of completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Rostislav Niederle, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Rostislav Niederle, Ph.D.
Department of Aesthetics - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Ing. Ivana Vašinová
Supplier department: Department of Aesthetics - Faculty of Arts
An Introduction to Philosophy An Introduction to Aesthetics
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 45 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/45, only registered: 0/45, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/45
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
In the centre of the course is traditional understanding aesthetics as a theory of beauty. This conception is historically demonstrated on theories of e. g. Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Tolstoyi. Modern variations of theories of beauty are duscussed, namely works of Beardsley, Mothersill, Zangwill. Continually, arguments on behalf of objectivity of beauty are built. Consequencies for aesthetical concepts in general, for truth of aesthetical judgments, for a role of subject in evaluating process, for an importance of dividing line between so-called low and high in art follow from one exact concept of beauty.
Learning outcomes
Student is able to look history of aesthetics in historic-philosophical contexts.
  • Beauty as proportion and harmony Apollinic and Dionysian Kitsch Modernism and post- Light and colour in Middle-Age Beauty of monsters Reason and beauty Sublimity Romantic beauty Religion of beauty New thing Beauty of machines Beauty of communitacion mediums
  • Dějiny ošklivosti. Edited by Umberto Eco, Translated by Iva Adámková. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2007. 455 s. ISBN 9788072038930. info
  • PRETTEJOHN, Elizabeth. Beauty and art, 1750-2000. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. 224 s. ISBN 0192801600. info
  • Dějiny krásy. Edited by Umberto Eco, Translated by Gabriela Chalupská. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2005. 439 s. ISBN 8072036777. info
  • Umění, krása, šeredno : texty z estetiky 20. století. Edited by Vlastimil Zuska. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 2003. 369 s. ISBN 8024605406. info
  • ECO, Umberto. Umění a krása ve středověké estetice. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 1998. 239 s. ISBN 8072030981. info
Teaching methods
Lectures which requires homework preparation in reading the assigned study literature. After teacher's presentation of the general and particular features of the subject, students are guided to interpretation of the chosen extracts, and class discussions follow.
Assessment methods
written test, oral exam
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on completion of the course: test na základě látky přednášek a zadané literatury
The course is taught annually.
General note: Obecné podmínky ukončování kursů Semináře estetiky.
Information on course enrolment limitations: posluchači estetiky Bc., kteří začali své studium před více než čtyřmi semestry, musí mít splněnu postupovou zkoušku (ESAPZE), jinak si nesmí předmět zapsat
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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