US_55 Chapters from History of Aesthetics

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
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
Wed 10:00–11:40 N51
US_56 An Introduction to Aesthetics && NOW ( US_55cv Chapters from History of Aest. )
Orientation in the history of modern 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 100 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 47/100, only registered: 0/100, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/100
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to give a brief survey through the history of modern aesthetics by introduction the most significant contributions to the aesthetical issues from 18th century till today. Through the analyses of the works by main personalities in aesthetics and philosophy, the affinity of the aesthetics to the actual developments in arts will be traced and the history of aesthetics will be confronted with the “actual” art and its branches. The attention will be paid to the historical process in course of which the aesthetics, as a philosophical theory of perception, actually became a philosophy or sociology of arts, bringing the new methodological strategies for the meaningful interpretation of the works of art. Upon completion of this course, the student will achieve an ability to link the particular knowledge of concrete art sciences (mainly of musicology and theory of visual arts) with the actual aesthetical theories and reflections from the early modernism till to the poststructuralist approaches to art.
Learning outcomes
Student will be informed about the most important contributions to the history of modern European and American aesthetics.
  • 1. Baumgarten and forming the aesthetics as a modern science of sensation; 2. Winckelmann’s ideal of beauty and Lessing’s theory of the fruitful moments; 3. Kant’s contribution the genesis of formalism and Herder’s attempt for the semiotics of art; 4. Hegel’s, Schopenhauer’s and Nietzsche’s philosophies of art; 5. Significant art form (Clive Bell, Susanne K. Langer); 6. Claude Lévi-Strauss a the structural analysis of work of art; 7. Jan Mukařovský and aesthetical function; 8. Eco’s contribution to the history of aesthetical thought; 9. Arthur C. Danto and artworld; 10. Aesthetics and anaesthetics (Wolfgang Welsch); 11. Anti-essentialism in aesthetics;
    required literature
  • LANGEROVÁ, Susanne: Kulturní význam umění. In: Iluminace 1/1996, Praha, s. 82-87.
  • LANGEROVÁ, Susanne K.: O významovosti v hudbe. Genéza umeleckého zmyslu. Bratislava, 1998.
  • DANTO, Arthur C. Zneužitie krásy : estetika a pojem umenia. Translated by Jozef Cseres. 1. vyd. Bratislava: Kalligram, 2008. 208 s. ISBN 9788081010255. info
  • SCHNEIDER, Norbert. Dejiny estetiky od osvietenstva po postmodernu. 1. vyd. Bratislava: Kalligram, 2002. 341 s. ISBN 80-7149-482-8. info
  • WELSCH, Wolfgang. Estetické myslenie. Bratislava: Archa, 1993. 168 s. ISBN 80-7115-063-0. info
  • KANT, Immanuel. Kritika soudnosti : Kritik der Urtheilskraft (Orig.). Translated by Vladimír Špalek - Walter Hansel, Edited by Milan Sobotka. Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1975. 271 s. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Studie z estetiky. Edited by Květoslav Chvatík. Vyd. 2. Praha: Odeon, 1971. 482 s. info
    recommended literature
  • BELL, Clive: Art. New York, 1958.
  • KULKA, Tomáš – CIPORANOV, Denis (eds.): Co je umění? Praha, 2010.
  • Dějiny ošklivosti. Edited by Umberto Eco, Translated by Iva Adámková. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2007. 455 s. ISBN 9788072038930. info
  • Dějiny krásy. Edited by Umberto Eco, Translated by Gabriela Chalupská. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2005. 439 s. ISBN 8072036777. info
  • LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Mýtus a význam. Translated by Pavel Vilikovský. Bratislava: Archa, 1993. 56 s. ISBN 80-7115-052-5. info
  • LESSING, Gotthold Ephraim. Hamburská dramaturgie ; Láokoón ; Stati : Láokoón (Přít.) : Stati (Přít.). Praha: Odeon, 1980. info
  • LESSING, Gotthold Ephraim. Hamburská dramaturgie ; Láokoón ; Stati : Láokoón (Přít.) : Stati (Přít.). Praha: Odeon, 1980. info
  • HANSLICK, Eduard. O hudebním krásnu : příspěvek k revizi hudební estetiky : Vom Musikalisch-Schönen (Orig.). 1. vyd. Praha: Editio Supraphon, 1973. 137 s. info
Teaching methods
lecture, discussion
Assessment methods
final test
Language of instruction
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Study Materials
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