Aesthetics and Artistic Studies


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

Tatiana Salem Levy


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language





ARENDT, Hannah. Entre o passado e o futuro. Oito exercícios sobre o pensamento político, trad. J. M. Silva, Relógio d’Água, Lisboa, 2008.

BLANCHOT, L’écriture du désastre, Gallimard, Paris, 1980.

DIDI-HUBERMAN, Georges. Imagens apesar de tudo, KKYM, Lisboa, 2012.

BENJAMIN, Walter. Magia e técnica. Arte e política. Obras Completas, trad. XXX, Brasiliense, São Paulo, XXX.

SONTAG, Susan. Olhando o sofrimento dos outros, trad. José Lima, Quetzal, Lisboa, 2015.

SEBALD, W. G. Austerlitz, trad. XXX , Quetzal, Lisboa, 2012.

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

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)