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Ronald M Moore
PHIL 545
Seattle Campus

Seminar in the Philosophy of Art

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Topic: Emotions in the Arts. In this course, we will explore recent literature on the role of emotions in the arts. Our main focus will be on Jenefer Robinson's magnum opus, "Deeper than Reason: Emotion and its Role in Literature, Music, and Art" (Oxford University Press, 2005). This is a book that advances an important and original theory of the emotions, applies the theory to a number of persistent problems in philosophy of art, and thoughtfully addresses the issue of what it is for a work of art to express an emotion. We will work our way patiently through this book as well as a number of essays by other aestheticians that bear upon arguments made in the book. Prof. Robinson has agreed to appear at the final session of the seminar and discuss her book with the seminar participants. Students in the seminar are required to write a term paper (approximately 15 pages in length) dealing with an approved topic within the scope of the readings. There will be no final exam. The seminar is open to UW graduate students as well as senior philosophy majors eligible for honors upon graduation (with the instructor's permission). TEXT: "Deeper Than Reason: Emotion and its Role in Literature, Music, and Art", Jenefer Robinson.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 06/05/2013