Critique of Aesthetic Reason

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Critique of Aesthetic Reason
Spring 2023
Taught By: Gregg Horowitz
Section: A

CRN: 13639

Credits: 3

This course will pursue a critical history of modern aesthetics. We will begin by exploring how aesthetics emerged as a philosophical discourse in the late-18th and early-19th centuries to respond to a unique pressure on cognition and recognition that was conceptualized as ‘aesthetic experience.’ Our key texts here will be Kant’s Critique of Judgment, Schiller’s Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man, and Hegel’s Lectures on Fine Art. We will then examine criticisms of the idea that it is in the power of philosophy to circumscribe such experience. The key texts here will be Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and essays by Emerson and Freud. Finally, to investigate what remains of the task of aesthetic theory in the wake of the criticisms of Nietzsche, Emerson, and Freud, we will read texts by Adorno, Cavell, Kristeva and Danto.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:42am EDT 5/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 902
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023
Days: Wednesday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 902
Date Range: 5/17/2023 - 5/17/2023