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Amos Nascimento
Tacoma Campus

The Beautiful and the Good: Philosophy's Quest for Value

Examines ideas about the beautiful and the good in the history of philosophy. Includes ideas of early thinkers and how they were adopted, transformed, or rejected by later thinkers. Studies different ideas from the history of philosophy about what the beautiful and the good are, how we know them and how we achieve them.

Class description

This course considers classic views on the beautiful, how they influence our lives, and the way they are being transformed in modern and contemporary art and aesthetics. Rather than focusing on specific authors, we will consider specific problems, reflect on the art and aesthetics of everyday life, dedicate time to discuss a series of practical issues we normally neglect, and finally analyze how classic and new ideas and practices in the fields of art and aesthetics are applied to many areas in our daily life.

Student learning goals

1. Awareness about the practical role of art and aesthetics in everyday life;

2. Knowledge of key topics and categories in the theoretical study of art and aesthetics;

3. Recognition of how cultural contexts affect or change our aesthetic perceptions and influence our conceptions of beauty, fiction, and environment;

4. Application of philosophical theories and tools to the analysis of art and aesthetics.

General method of instruction

The course will require the reading of texts on art and aesthetics, participation in discussions, field trips, and reflections on everyday issues. Students will be encouraged to present a “case” showing the use of artistic and aesthetic categories used in daily life. The final evaluation will be based on presentations and a research paper of approximately 10 pages.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisite or specific background required.

Class assignments and grading

1. Participation in discussions (10%) 2. Writing of journals/reports/projects (10%); 3. Completion of tasks, visits, homework, and tests (15%); 4. Research of a case of art and aesthetics of everyday life (20%); 5. Oral presentations (20%); 6. Final paper (25%).

Further details will be shared on first day of classes.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amos Nascimento
Date: 03/29/2009