Philosophy of Art

This one-day course will introduce students to some key problems in the philosophy of art. The philosophy of art (or ‘Aesthetics’) is not just limited to those studying philosophy, but is also fascinating for those who enjoy any literature, visual art, theatre, film, or other artistic discipline. It seeks to go beyond the appreciation of art at a surface, technical, or even theoretical level, and attempts to understand how and why place we value on art in the first place. The morning session will focus on what (if anything) renders art distinct from other human activities. In the afternoon we will discuss some of the most active debates of modern aesthetics – can we separate the artists intention for their work from the work itself? Does the author get to have the last word about the world they have created?

The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in art and/or philosophy, and no previous knowledge of art or philosophy is needed to enrol. The in-class environment will seek to recreate that of an aesthetics seminar at university, with each session blending elements of teaching, group work, debates, and student-led discussion.

Students will also be expected to read a short essay by Jerome Stolnitz before the course begins. The essay, along with guiding notes and questions from the course tutor, will be provided in advance.

For currently available dates, full practical details, and a link to the booking form please scroll down past the reviews.

‘This course is an engaging and fast paced introduction to a wide variety of philosophical issues, many of which have striking implications upon how we live our lives or view the world. All of the tutors are knowledgeable and really friendly, and there was a friendly atmosphere from the outset. This course sparked my curiosity for areas of philosophy I previously knew very little of, and reinvigorated my passion for others. I enjoyed it thoroughly.’

‘Brilliant, engaging and thoughtful course which pursues exciting aspects of philosophy as well as exploring more nuanced areas for discussion. Brilliant for gaining a wider knowledge of specific topics. Highly recommended.’

‘It is an accessible course whether you have had previous experience with philosophy or not. You have the chance to debate essential topics in manageable groups. These discussions are often based off short sections of an article or an idea proposed by a philosopher. The teacher ensures discussions run smoothly whilst adding and teaching new ideas along the way. I would strongly recommend this course!’

‘This course is an engaging and fast paced introduction to a wide variety of philosophical issues, many of which have striking implications upon how we live our lives or view the world. All of the tutors are knowledgeable and really friendly, and there was a friendly atmosphere from the outset. This course sparked my curiosity for areas of philosophy I previously knew very little of, and reinvigorated my passion for others. I enjoyed it thoroughly.’

Practical Details

The Philosophy of Art course is an online event for students aged 15-18.

This is a one-day course, running on 21st November. Teaching hours on each day will run from 10am till 3.30pm, with a break for lunch, and an independent study task.

This is a live online event, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The event will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video connection.

The cost of the one-day course is £90 per student. As class sizes are small, places are very limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

You can see our full booking terms and conditions here.

You can book online using the link below, or if you have any further questions, please call us on 0800 8101058, or email info@debatechamber.com