Aesthetics and Artistic Studies - 1st semester


1) To acquire advanced critical knowledge of the fundamental problems of Aesthetics and Artistic Studies.
2) To acquire advanced critical knowledge of how certain fundamental problems of Aesthetics and Artistic
Studies fit into the philosophical tradition.
3) To acquire the capacity to reflect on the relationship between the history of Aesthetics and the history of Art
and Culture.
4) To understand the relevance of the philosophical tradition for the understanding of contemporary issues of art
and artistic practices.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Pardana Constâncio


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language




CONSTÂNCIO, João, Arte e niilismo: Nietzsche e o enigma do mundo, Lisboa, tinta-da-china, 2013
GAUT, Berys/ LOPES, Dominic M., The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, Third Edition, London/ New York, Routledge, 2013
LEVINSON, Jerrold, The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003
PIPPIN, Robert B., After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Pictorial Modernism, London and Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2014
WICKS, Robert L., European Aesthetics: A Critical Introduction from Kant to Derrida, London, Oneworld, 2013

Teaching method

(a) most classes are dialogued lectures, (b) several of them work as a \"seminar\" (with reading, commentary, and analyses of texts), (c) other classes (so-called \"practical\" classes) consist in critical discussions — with the students — of previously presented themes and problems.

Evaluation method

(a) students are evaluated by a mandatory 12 pages essay (70%);
(b) students are also evaluated by an oral presentation of their essay (20%);
(c) a positive participation in the classes is valued (10%).

Subject matter

This seminar is a reflection on the history of Aesthetics, from Plato and Aristotle up to our own time, with special focus on Kant and Nietzsche, but also on more recent authors, such as Deleuze and Rancière. This aims to show to that the study of the history of Aesthetics remains crucial today for any research within the several áreas of the Artistic Studies. To this end, the seminar will analyse some of the most fundamental questions of the History of Aesthetics:
1. Beauty and its rejection in contemporary art (Kant and Duchamp)
2. Mimesis and truth (Plato, Aristotle, Kant)
3. Art and subjectivity (Nietzsche and Deleuze)
4. Art and empancipation (Hegel and Rancière)
5. Art and the question of being (Heidegger)