Philosophy 280: Aesthetics
Hettinger, Fall 2009

Rene Magritte (1935)


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Suggestions for writing your philosophy paper

Lita Albuquerque & Jean de Pomereu (Photo) (2006)
Davies, Ch 1: Evolution and Culture
Telfer, Food as Art
about Stephen Davies
Bower Bird Aesthetic Nest Building
Davies, Ch 2: Defining Art
Overview of Ch 2

"Artist"Leaves Dog To Die on Exhibition Display 
Goldfish in Blender Causes Curiosity, Contempt

Ducasse, "Tastes Cannot Be Disputed"
Beardsley, "Tastes Can Be Disputed"
Is It Art or Just a Toilet Seat?
Willem de Kooning
Jackson Pollock
Tilted Arc Hearings and Horowitz on TA Controversy
Dave Barry, “Does Public Art Make Sense?”
Kelly on Tilted Arc and Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Sensation: Brooklyn Museum Controversy (on censorship)
Davies, Ch. 3: Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
Conceptual Art
J.S.G. Boggs Art Money
Scruton, "The Decline of Musical Culture"
about Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton on You-Tube
Baugh, "Aesthetics of Rock Music"
Outline of above
Bruce Baugh, "Prolegomena to Any Aesthetics of Rock Music"
Articles on Rock Music

Davies, "Rock versus Classical Music"
Outline of above

Stephen Davies, Rock versus Classical Music"
Great website with articles on music theory
Davies, Ch 4: Varieties (ontology) of Art
Duchamp's Urinal Tops Art Survey
Davies, Ch 5: Interpretation
Neill, "Fictions and the Emotions"
Davies, Ch 6: Expression and Emotional Responses
Berys Gaut, "The Paradox of Horror"
Davies, Ch 7: Pictorial Representation and Visual Arts
Violinist in Subway
Carson on Environmental Art
Allen Carlson, “Is Environmental Art An Aesthetic Affront to Nature?”
Walton, "Morals in Fiction and Fictional Morality"

Kendall Walton, "Morals in Fiction and Fictional Morality"
(only read first 25 pages, to page 50)

Davies, Ch 8: The Value of Art
Aesthetics and Nature
Aesthetics and Nature
Carlson, "Aesthetic Appreciation of the Natural Environment"
about Allen Carlson
Carroll, "On Being Moved by Nature: Between Religion and Natural History"
about Noel Carroll
Rolston "On Positive Aesthetics"
Holmes Rolston, "Is All Beauty in Nature?"
about Holmes Rolston
Saito, The Aesthetics of Unscenic Nature
Yuriko Saito, "The Aesthetics of Unscenic Nature"
about Yuriko Saito