ULEC
2320

Aesthetics

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Aesthetics
Fall 2022
Taught By: Paul Kottman
Section: L

CRN: 7450

Credits: 0

Artistic practices are ways that human beings try to make sense of the world. How do art practices differ from other ways that human beings make sense of their world – such as religion, education, science, and philosophy? In thinking about what makes artistic practices distinctive, we will have to think about both what such practices ‘mean’, and how their meaning is related to their material conditions – stone, paint, sound, film, the human body or the printed word; and too to what effect human beings have transformed these conditions in ‘artistic’ ways through the socially and historically specific forms of painting, music, poetry, drama, photography and film. All of which is to say: We will be asking not only what art is (or, what the ‘arts’ are), but also why we care about art, if we still do, and how that caring can be justified (if it can). We will discuss texts by Plato, Aristotle, Schiller, Hegel, Benjamin, Bazin, Laura Mulvey, and others. And look at artworks by Sophocles, Caravaggio, and Shakespeare, together with some recent movies (BlacKKKlansman; Talk to Her) that highlight the stakes and possibility of art now. Artistic practices are ways that human beings try to make sense of the world. How do art practices differ from other ways that human beings make sense of their world – such as religion, education, science, and philosophy? In thinking about what makes artistic practices distinctive, we will have to think about both what such practices ‘mean’, and how their meaning is related to their material conditions – stone, paint, sound, film, the human body or the printed word; and too to what effect human beings have transformed these conditions in ‘artistic’ ways through the socially and historically specific forms of painting, music, poetry, drama, photography and film. All of which is to say: We will be asking not only what art is (or, what the ‘arts’ are), but also why we care about art, if we still do, and how that caring can be justified (if it can). We will discuss texts by Plato, Aristotle, Schiller, Hegel, Benjamin, Bazin, Laura Mulvey, and others. And look at artworks by Sophocles, Caravaggio, and Shakespeare, together with some recent movies (BlacKKKlansman; Talk to Her) that highlight the stakes and possibility of art now. Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course. [This ULEC is in category 3, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts & Humanities.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 100

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 4:06am EST 2/6/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 12:20pm - 1:35pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 404
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/6/2022