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AESTETHICS

CODE 65155
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 8 cfu during the 1st year of 9007 DESIGN DEL PRODOTTO E DELL'EVENTO(LM-12) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8455 FILOSOFIA (L-5) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8455 FILOSOFIA (L-5) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/04
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Aesthetics is introduced as a philosophical discipline. We consider the relationship of aesthetics with other areas of philosophy and analyze the fundamental aesthetic notions. We focus on art considered as an exemplary aesthetic field. The guided reading of articles or book chapters is aimed to raise awareness of the debates that characterize contemporary aesthetics. The aim of the course is to meet the needs of the students of the various Degrees for whom aesthetics is an integral part of the overall training.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims at giving a general outline of basic aesthetic problems. The main points of interest are a general historical introduction, the ontological status of the art object, the receiver’s role in the construction of its meaning. Students will be guided through the reading of one or more classics in aesthetics.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students are expected to manage the concept of aesthetics and the main notions connected with it, in particular that of art. As for the students of the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences who have included the discipline in their study plan for 6 credits, as well as the students of the Polytechnic School who have included the discipline in their study plan for 8 credits, it is also expected that they are able to apply this conceptual apparatus to their specific areas. In the second part of the class, which is specific for students who have included the discipline in their study plan for 9 credits, we will read some articles or book chapters, in order to familiarize students with the main debates of contemporary aesthetics, and to lead them to the critical discussion of the theses and arguments proposed by the philosophers who participate in those debates.


    The expected learning outcomes are the following:


    1) To be able to provide an appropriate characterization of aesthetics as a philosophical discipline, and to point out the importance of the aesthetic dimension in human existence.

    2) To be familiar with fundamental notions of the discipline such as aesthetic experience, aesthetic judgment, aesthetic value, aesthetic property, aesthetic object.

    3) To link aesthetics with art and with the practices of creation, appreciation and criticism of art.

    4) To reflect on the definition of art and on the ontological status of works of art.

    5) To consider the specificities of certain art forms and certain artistic genres.

    6) To recognize analogies, differences and overlaps between the domain of art and that of technical artifacts.
    7) To analyze texts that are exemplary of the main debates in contemporary aesthetics, by identifying their theses and their arguments.


    In particular, the outcomes from (1) to (5) are expected from students of the Humanities and Social Sciences Schools who have included aeshtetics in their plan for 6 credits. As for students of the Polytechnic School who have included aeshtetics in their plan for 8 credits, outcome (6) is also expected. As for students who have included aesthetics in their plan for 9 credits, all seven outcomes are expected.

    PREREQUISITES

    Although the class is taught in Italian, understanding of texts written in English is required

    TEACHING METHODS

    Teaching in rpesence, rooms "Metellino" and "Fieschi" (Vivaldi Street n° 5, Genoa)

    (online: Teams, code: 2fg4kg2)

    The class consists of 60 hours (40 for students having 6 or 8 credits), with phases of collective discussion and learning verification. Seminar activities are foreseen for students having 9 credits. The students of the Polytechnic School are required to present a “slide show” in ppt or pdf format, the maximum duration of which is ten minutes. The theme of the “slide show” must be agreed with the professor: students are invited to analyze in philosophical terms a particular design object.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Program for students having 6 or 8 credits:

    - Aesthetics within the framework of philosophy

    - The centrality of the aesthetic dimension in human existence

    - The key notions of aesthetics: experience, judgment, value, norm, property, object

    - The role of perception, imagination, cognition and emotions in aesthetic experience

    - Art as a paradigm of the aesthetic

    - The definition of art

    - The ontology of art

    - Art forms and artistic genres

    - The peculiarity of contemporary art

    - The relationship between art and technology

    - Technological arts and artistic technologies


    Additional program items for students having 9 credits:

    - Writing and publishing in contemporary aesthetics

    - Debates in contemporary aesthetics

    - The construction of statements and arguments in contemporary aesthetics

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Students having 6 CFU:

    NICK ZANGWILL, La metafisica della bellezza, Marinotti, Milano, 2011 (Introduction, Part One and Part Two).
    (ed. or.: The Metaphysics of Beauty, New York, Cornell University Press, 2001)

    ELISA CALDAROLA, Filosofia dell’arte contemporanea, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2020 (Introduction, Chapters I and IV)

     

    Students having 8 CFU (students of Polytechnic School, for whom, however, only attendance for 6 credits is mandatory):

    NICK ZANGWILL, La metafisica della bellezza, Marinotti, Milano, 2011 (Introduction, Part One and Part Two).
    (ed. or.: The Metaphysics of Beauty, New York, Cornell University Press, 2001)

    ELISA CALDAROLA, Filosofia dell’arte contemporanea, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2020 (Introduction, Chapters I and IV)

    ANDREA MECACCI, Estetica e design, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2021 (Introduction, Part Two and Part Three)

     

    Students having 9 CFU:

    NICK ZANGWILL, La metafisica della bellezza, Marinotti, Milano, 2011 (the whole volume)
    (ed. or.: The Metaphysics of Beauty, New York, Cornell University Press, 2001)

    ELISA CALDAROLA, Filosofia dell’arte contemporanea, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2020 (the whole volume)

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ENRICO TERRONE (President)

    MARIA SILVIA VACCAREZZA

    FEDERICO ZUOLO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 9 am

    Class schedule

    AESTETHICS

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam is oral. For students of the Polytechnic School the exam includes the presentation of the slide show in ppt or pdf on a theme agreed with the professor. For students in the philosophy course who have 9 credits, the exam includes the discussion of a text among those read and commented during the class, as well as the critical note for those who want to exploit this option.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    During the class, the active participation of students is encouraged and valued while discussing particular aspects of the program. The final test, an oral exam, will allow to assess the level of understanding the philosophical ideas that has been thought, the mastery of them and the ability to present them, as well as the disposition for critical analysis of theses and arguments, and the propensity to their construction. The student who shows understanding of the basic notions and issues of the discipline, and presents them clearly and coherently, but only in their essential lines, is assessed as “sufficient”. The student who masters the basic notions and issues of the discipline and is able to analyze them is assessed as “good”. The student who, in addition to mastering the basic notions and issues of the discipline, and being able to analyze them, also proves to be inclined to the construction of original theses and arguments is assessed as “outstanding”. The provenance of the students from different academic areas having their own specificity will be taken into account during the evaluation process.


    FOR STUDENTS IN THE PHILOSOPHY COURSE:

    The possibility of writing a “critical note” (between 800 and 1000 words in length) is optional. Students who want to choose this option should agree with the professor a text concerning one of the topics covered during the class, write a critical note about it, and then sent it, in pdf format, to the professor by an agreed date prior to the exam. The critical note will finally be discussed during the exam.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    15/12/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    25/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    08/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    09/05/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    31/05/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    14/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    05/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    06/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale