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PY4624   Philosophy of Art

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

What makes an object a work of art? Are artworks always physical objects, or can they be mental, or abstract, entities? Can good art be morally bad? How is conceptual art to be understood, and appreciated? This module examines some of the fundamental contemporary debates in philosophy of art, including issues concerning the nature and definition of art, problems regarding representation and expression (how exactly do works of art represent, or express anything?), the relation of art to ethics, and the value of art. In the course of addressing these issues, we will read the work of aestheticians from ancient times to the present day.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PY1006 or pass PY1012

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PY4812

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour seminar.

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 267

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework (including take-home examination) = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 60%

Re-assessment: Coursework (including take-home examination) = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr L Jones