PHIL 5556 Quest for Authenticity: Lonergan's Philosophy of Art (Fall: 3 )
The concept of authenticity permeates the whole of artistic culture. For a work of art to be thought authentic it will be true to some higher standard, be it a normative understanding of beauty or the artist’s own personal vision. For Lonergan, what makes art authentic is its ability to communicate some ulterior significance or meaning through symbolic mediation of “the purely experiential pattern.” The purpose of this course will be to appropriate in a rich way Lonergan’s philosophy of art. But in order to do justice to this appropriation, we will first explore what other thinkers have had to say about the nature of art. Aquinas, Kant, Nietzsche and Heidegger will be some of the thinkers with whom we will begin our exploration of the philosophy of art.
Instructor(s): Brian J. Braman
Last Updated: 23-Feb-15