Magic Moments How Do They Happen? (Japanese Aesthetics)
1. Japanese aesthetics takes details of the everyday as subject matter for art.
2. Japanese aesthetics emphasize process
a. Brushstrokes are traces of a process.
b. So are haiku.
3. Haiku as experien
September 9, 2014
1. Imitative art is art that mimics reality (representational art).
2. Plato suggests that art can distract us from reality. This is a particularly
bad thing when the arts play such an important role in educating the young.
3. Platos Soc
September 15, 2015 Lecture on Aristotle and Miller
1. Identification with the tragic hero is important to enable one to feel pity and fear.
2. Aristotles concern with the mechanisms of this world are evident in his detailed
3. Aristotles is conc
Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?
1. The idea of taste is puzzling. We tend to think that taste is subjective, but that
some tastes are better than others (which implies that there is something real and
objective about taste).
2. Hume claims that be
September 22, 2015 Kants First Moment and Parker
1. Comparison to Hume:
a. Like Hume, Kant is interested in how to resolve the problem that people
have different aesthetic tastes, but we think that some people have better
taste than others.
b. Like Hume,
September 16, 2014 Lecture Aristotle on Tragedy
1. According to Aristotle, art is distinct from everyday reality, but the art of
poetry deals in universals, giving us insight into the real.
2. Aristotle differs from Plato on several points.
a. He rejects
How Do We Know Talent When We See It?
1. The context and the way we frame our experience may play a role in
whether or not we find beauty in art or other experience. We are not entirely
passive as audience members.
2. Beauty has various characteristics (a
October 20, 2015 Hegel, Berger, and Benjamin
1. Review on Hegel: Spirit (collective human consciousness) has evolved over the
course of history.
a. Consciousness leapfrogs itself forward through this process of throwing
itself into the world and then reco
Danto on What Makes It Art? (continued)
1. Danto focuses on the difference between an ordinary real thing and a perceptually
He asks why a thing in one case is just a real thing but in other cases it can be an
2. Danto make
October 27, 2015
What Makes It Art?
1. Definitions of art:
a. Honorific vs. classificatory definitions.
1) An honorific definition honors a thing by labeling it a work of art.
2) A classificatory definition classifies a thing as an artwork
b. Procedural v
October 22nd lecture The End of Art
1. Hegel thinks the optimal achievement of art is what classical art exemplifies: the
form being the embodiment of the content (the Idea, which is Spirits take on the big
a. In this case, we might say, what yo
September 1st Whats the Appeal of Beauty
1. In Platos Symposium, the characters each give a speech about love.
Socrates speech is usually interpreted as Platos own view.
2. Socrates claims that love reveals a lack within us. (In this respect, he
What Does Art Reveal about the Temper of the Times? (Hegel)
1. To take stock of what weve considered so far, we can compare the big concerns of
the various thinkers, their philosophical personalities.
a. Platos big concern: What is arts effect on educatio
The Sublime and Nietzsche
1. 18th century theorists recognized that beauty is not the only goal of art. Another
aesthetic value is the sublime.
2. Kant gave an account of the sublime.
a, The mathematical sublime is that which is too large to encompass in
November 5, 2015 Stereotypes of race and gender
Review of definition types for exam:
Classificatory definitions dictionary-type definitions that indicate what
features something must have to fit into the category (e.g. art)
Honorific definitions involve a
Does Cultural Difference Prove that Its All Relative? (Japanese Aesthetics, continued)
Certain perspectives on the human condition and our relationship to larger reality are
reflected in Japanese aesthetic values.
1. Mono no aware is the sadness or poigna
Are We Being Taken In? (Modern Art, Public Art, and Arts Social Function)
1. If theory determines what is art, we can ask why something is art.
2. Binkley is contra aesthetics
a. He thinks aesthetics has placed too much emphasis on substance (which is
October 1, 2015 Kant on Genius and Artists Intentions
1. Reminder: when Plato speaks of art being three times removed from the truth,
he is referring to the fact that he thinks artworks are copies of copies.
a. The Form is the truth.
b. The thing in the m
Can Anything at All Be Beautiful? (Kants Analysis of Aesthetic Experience)
1. Kant contrasts the judgment that something is beautiful with our attitudes
toward the pleasant and the good.
a. The pleasant pleases the senses and arouses desire we have an int