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PHIL 5548 Art, Ethics & Modernity (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Art and ethics are two of the most profound sources of meaning and significance in modern life. But what is the relationship between art and ethics, and how do they each shape our lives and values? Are art and ethics rivals in this task, or can they be mutually supportive? After briefly looking at ancient views of this subject from Plato and Aristotle, we will discuss modern views from thinkers like Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Heidegger and Wittgenstein. The class will then focus on those thinkers and artists like Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Camus whose works skillfully merge art and ethical philosophy.


Instructor(s): Thomas Miles

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13