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Course content

Problems in philosophical aesthetics, both historical and contemporary, are treated in this course. They may be approached as purely philosophical questions or as questions that arise in the meeting of philosophy with the arts.

For example: What is beauty and what is its place among other things in the world? What is art and what is its place among other things and other activities? How is aesthetic quality judged? Texts and focus will vary.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this unit, you will be able to

  • demonstrate a deeper understanding of the central questions of aesthetics, as well as critically to discuss different answers to these questions
  • demonstrate an understanding of the differences, similarities, and connections between different aesthetical views


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Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that you take this unit after the obligatory 1000-units in the in-depth study in philosophy.

Overlapping courses


12 double sessions of seminars and lectures. The teaching takes place together with master students.



A portfolio exam which consists of two essays of 6-7 pages each (one page should contain approximately 2300 characters), exclusive bibliography.

You submit your portofolio in Inspera within the given deadline. The topics will be published in Canvas.

Evaluation criteria spring 2019



Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. The Department's assessments of courses are
available at our web-pages but generally only in Norwegian

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