- Demonstrate mastery of the basic terminology for this subject.
- Be able to explain the basic concepts of this subject clearly and coherently.
- Be able to fully explain the aesthetic theories of one or more writers.
- Be able to clearly grasp the analogies and differences between writers on common aesthetic themes.
- Be able to develop an independent and personal approach to the study of this subject.
Course attendance (Units B and C) is recommended, together with study of course material, for those who have already taken the aesthetics exam in the 3-year course. Those who have not are asked to attend Unit A and the specialised Unit C.
The study of the philosophical discipline of aesthetics requires mastery of basic terminology and key concepts as well as familiarity with key writers and major trends in the history of philosophy.
Its two-fold theoretical-foundation and descriptive nature render aesthetics a “transversal” discipline which, by its very nature is open to interchange with other areas of knowledge.
This makes it possible to make “forays” , as required, into the areas of history, art criticism, psychology and sociology
Course title: Word and image in Promenade Vernet by Diderot
Closely tied to the tradition of the Paragone and Ekphrasis I, of which Diderot’s text remains an extraordinary and unique example Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between description and aesthetic experience, as well as the various levels of production and fruition.
Denis Diderot, La promenade Vernet, Milano, Nike, 2000.
Denis Diderot, Sulla pittura, Palermo, Aesthetica, 2004.
Massimo Modica, saggio introduttivo alla Promenade Vernet.
Traditional classroom lectures will be supplemented by bibliographical research by students to prepare a report that will be discussed with other students taking the specialist unit.
Evaluation will be in oral, not written, form.