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					Music 503: Aesthetics                                                 Teacher: Michael Hicks

This course treats the topic of aesthetics with emphasis on the philosophy of art. The first nine
weeks of the course will deal with topics common to all the arts and the last five weeks will
focus on musical aesthetics. The outline below gives the order of topics and readings.

Grading is based on attendance and participation (15%), two take-home tests (together=50%)
and an in-class final (35%). All tests will be based on the readings and classroom discussions.
Please be prepared for discussions by reading ahead of time, as assigned.

The text is a packet available at the bookstore, supplemented by online readings, scanned
articles, and texts in electronic format, all of which I will email to you as we proceed.

                                        Topics and Readings
Readings are cited here by author and title only; full citations are in your packet. An asterisk
[*] by a title means that it is online or in an email I will send you. Additional readings might
be assigned from time to time. We will also see at least two films.

1. Introduction; Defining "Aesthetics"
       Peyton Richter, Introduction to Perspectives in Aesthetics: Plato to Camus
       John Dewey, "Criticism and Perception" from Art As Experience
       Stuart Hampshire, "Logic and Appreciation"

2. Defining Art
      Ludwig Wittgenstein, Excerpt (re: “games”) from Philosophical Investigations*
      Morris Weitz, "The Role of Theory in Aesthetics"*
      George Dickie, "What Is Art? An Institutional Analysis"
      Paul Valéry, "The Idea of Art"
      Paul Ziff, "The Task of Defining a Work of Art"

3. Art, Feeling, and Form
      Leo Tolstoy, "What Is Art?" [excerpt]*
      Ernst Cassirer, "Art As Symbolic Form."

4. Art and Taste
       Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgement [excerpts]
       David Hume, "Of the Standard of Taste"

5. Intentions and the Creative Process
       William K. Wimsatt, Jr. and Monroe Beardsley, "The Intentional Fallacy"*
       Henry David Aiken, "The Aesthetic Relevance of the Artists' Intentions"

6. Uniqueness Arguments and Modern Art
      Herbert Read, "The Art of Sculpture"*
      Bruno Zevi, "Architecture as Space"
      Jerzy Grotowski, "Towards a Poor Theatre"
       Susan Sontag, On Photography [excerpts]
       Erwin Panofsky, "Style and Medium in the Motion Picture"

7. Art, Rebellion, the Avant Garde and the Masses
      Albert Camus, "Rebellion and Art"*
      Clement Greenberg, "Avant Garde and Kitsch"*
      Alexis deTocqueville, “In What Spirit the Americans Cultivate the Arts” from
      Democracy in America
      Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” [excerpt]*

8. Social Control of Art
      Plato, The Republic [excerpt]*
      Adolf Hitler, Address to the 1937 Great German Art Exhibition [excerpts]
      Nikolai Shamota, "On Tastes in Art [The Soviet View]"
      Mao Zedong, Quotations on Art and Culture*

9. The Idea of “Genius”
      Edward Lowinsky, et al., readings on “Genius" and “Musical Genius”*

10. Music, Ethos, Number and Proportion
     Boethius, De Institutione Musica [excerpt]
     Aristotle, Politics [excerpt]
     Schola Enchiriadis [excerpt]*
     Michael Hicks, “Soothing the Savage Beast”

11. Early Christian Views on Music
      Readings from Clement of Alexandria, St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom, St. Jerome, and
      St. Augustine

12. Music as the Language of Feeling
     Johann George Sulzer, Allgemeine Theorie der Schönen Künste [excerpts]
     E. T. A. Hoffmann, "Beethoven's Instrumental Music"
     Franz Grillparzer, "[On] Der Freischütz"
     Richard Wagner, Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft [excerpts]

13. Music as Representation
     Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation [excerpts]
     Eduard Hanslick, The Beautiful in Music [excerpts]*

14. Re-defining Music
      Luigi Russolo, “The Art of Noises”
      Morton Feldman, “Between Categories”
      Michael Hicks, “Energeia and ‘the Work Itself’”

				
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