ATS3419 - Aesthetics and European philosophy - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Alexei Procyshyn

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. As this is a third-year level unit, it is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two second-year level units in Philosophy.