Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

PHIL 4310 Phil of Art & Art of Living

Prerequisite: PHIL 2010. Nietzsche claims that art and not morality is the real metaphysical activity of life. We will examine several philosophers who argue art can be much more than a pleasant diversion. We will investigate their claims about art while also considering whether selected paintings, films, pieces of music, and installations do what philosophers believe they do. This will be a discussion based seminar. (Prerequisite: Survey of Philosophy or permission of the instructor).