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FIL4710 – Philosophical Aesthetics

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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 aethetic quality judged? Texts and focus will vary.

Learning outcome

After having completed this unit you will be expected to:

  • have a good understanding of the most important concepts and questions within central aesthetical theories
  • to be able to account for selected views within aesthetics in a way that clearly brings out connections with other philosophical disciplines (such as epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics)
  • to be able to understand and assess central aesthetical theories in their historical context and development, as well as be familiar with contemporary debates about these theories
  • to be able to give an independent presentation of a selected aesthetical theory and critically to discuss this in light of other views on aesthetics


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Only master degree students can formally enroll and take the course for credit.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


Teaching takes place throughout the semester with two hours per week. An active student participation is expected with presentations from all students if time allows. As the course exists also as a bachelor course, teaching takes place together with bachelor students.


A 4-hours school exam and a short essay.

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.

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