Learning outcomes of the course unit
- To acquire part of the basic terminology.
- To acquire part of the basic concepts.
- To be able to articulate the aesthetic theories of one or more writers.
- To be able to compare two or more writers on common aesthetic themes.
- To be able to understand and comment on chosen passages from the classics on the course programme.
- To be able to develop an independent and personal approach to the study of this subject.
The study of aesthetics, a discipline of philosophy, requires an adequate knowledge 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 phenomenological- descriptive nature render aesthetics a “transversal” discipline which, by its very nature is open to interchange with other areas of study.
This makes it possible to make “forays”, as required, into the areas of history, art criticism, psychology and sociology….
Course contents summary
Course title: Art and the aesthetic experience
From the point of view of both productive and enjoyment, art is linked to “feeling”, to an aesthetic experience in that it is an sensitive, perceptive and emotional experience. With this in mind, art is at once both an expression and a reminder of an opening to the world lived in its primal aesthetics.
Module A (5 credits): is of an institutional nature. After a couple of introductory units, the lessons will be dedicated to one of the most important classics in the History of Aesthetics, Aristotle’s Poetics. In particular, it will seek to highlight the links between the mimetic process and the “feeling” modality, or rather between art and the aesthetic experience.
Module B (5 credits): is of a monographical nature. It will be dedicated to the relationship of reciprocal implication between art and aesthetic experience in 20th century French thought, with emphasis on Mikel Dufrenne’s philosophy. His notion of aesthetics is based on the concrete experience of primal appearance in the here and now which show the current state of the world in art.
Aristotele, Poetica, testo greco a fronte, a cura di A. Barabino, con Introduzione di F. Montanari, Milano, Mondadori, 1999 (I ed.).
G. Lombardo, L'estetica antica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2002.
M. Modica, Che cos'è l'estetica?, Roma, Ed. Riuniti, 2004 (III ed.)
M. Dufrenne, Il senso del poetico, Urbino, Quattroventi, 1981.
M. Dufrenne, Fenomenologia dell'esperienza estetica, Roma, Lerici, 1969.
Lessons. Attendance is strongly recommended.
There will be two tests: one written and one oral.