What is Art? Philosophical Perspectives

Darren Harper
Gosling Classroom
Saturday 10.30am-3.30pm

17 June: 10.30am-3.30pm
Members:  £50. Non-members: £60
Concessions: £10 (call the office 020 8340 3343

What is art? What is the difference between Tracey Emins My Bed and Botticellis The Birth of Venus? Have we reached a stage where almost anything can be called art? This course will explore some of the theories used to help us define art, including idealist theory, significant form and the institutional theory.

  • 10.30-11.35am Introduction. Clive Bell and Significant Form
  • 11.35-11.45am Break
  • 11.45-1.00pm R. G. Collingwood and Expression of Emotion
  • 1.00-2.00pm Lunch Break
  • 2.00-3.30pm George W. Dickie and Institutional Contexts Conclusion

Suggested Reading
Although prior reading is not obligatory, it would be an advantage for participants to have read
The Art Question by Nigel Warburton