66 Syllabus Spring 2010

66 Syllabus Spring 2010 - San Jos State University...

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San José State University Philosophy Department Phil 66, Introduction to Aesthetics Spring 2010 Instructor: Prof. Tom Leddy Office location: Faculty Office Building 206. (The Faculty Office Building is a two-story building between the Spartan Complex and Dwight Bental Hall. English is on the first floor. Philosophy is on the second floor.) Telephone: 924-4528. I may be reached here during my office hours. If I am not there, please leave a message on voice-mail and I will call back. Email: [email protected] [preferred method of communication] Feel free to send me comments on the class, questions, or even drafts of papers. Office hours: 10:00-10:30, 1:15-2:45, 4:15-5:00 all MW, or by appointment. I am happy to go over your papers with you, even in rough draft stage. I may hold office hours after my second class in the Business Classroom courtyard near the Coffee Kiosk rather than in my office, depending on weather. Class days/time: Section 1 10:30-11:45 MW Section 2 12:00-1:15 MW Classroom: Boccardo Business Center 323 Prerequisites: None 3x5 Card Please return to me a 3x5 card with a photograph of you on the front [any photo of you as you look today will do: you can even photocopy your driver’s license or student ID] and on the back, your name and a short autobiography. Do this by the next class meeting. Let me know about any experience you have had with the arts, whether fine or popular, or with philosophy. GE Category Area C1. Arts Faculty Web Page Copies of the course syllabus, lecture notes and other course materials may be found on my faculty web page accessible through the quick links/faculty web page links on the SJSU home page. The web site for the class is at http://www.sjsu.edu/people/thomas.leddy/ or just go to SJSU Home and then Faculty and Staff, search for Leddy, and then bookmark the site. This syllabus and other materials, including Guidelines for Writing Papers in Philosophy, will be posted there, as will be outlines of the selections we are reading for this class (listed by the name of the author of the text). I also refer to these as my lecture notes. If you download the electronic version of this syllabus you can simply hit Control and click your mouse on any of the links in this syllabus and, if you are connected to the web, you will go directly to the site listed. 1
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Course Description and Goals Aesthetics explores such issues as: What is beauty? What is ugliness? Is there such a thing as good taste? Can we prove that one work of art is better than another? What is art, and can it ever be defined? What is the meaning of a work of art? How does art relate to emotion? Does art give us knowledge? What does our experience of art tell us about the nature of reality? What is the creative process in art? What significance does aesthetics and art have for our lives? Is there a proper way to appreciate natural beauty?
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