Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Adam Bartlett


Previously coded CLS3280


The word 'Aesthetic' comes from a Greek verb which means 'to sense'. This unit will explore the ways sensation relates to meaningful experiences of general significance. We will investigate questions such as the essence of the art work, the structure of perception, the notion of beauty, and the historical-cultural constitution of experiences. We will do this via studies of the aesthetic thought of major continental European philosophers of the last two centuries. Major figures covered may include Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze, Foucault, Lyotard, Kristeva, Rancire and Badiou.


Students successfully completing this unit should have developed:

  1. A critical understanding of the place and function of sensible form in art theory;
  2. An ability to use the terminology of aesthetic philosophy with confidence;
  3. An ability to situate the intersections between art and philosophy within their historical context;
  4. An ability to be able to articulate independent views on the topics covered in the unit.


Written work (2500 words) 50%
Seminar presentation: 10%
Exam (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One x 1-hour lecture per week
One x 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two gateway units in Philosophy, Communications, Literary Studies, Performance, Theatre or Film and Screen Studies.
Or any first year sequence in the disciplines of Art, History and Theory in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.