Syllabus for Art and Imagination

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  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5ES061
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Aesthetics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2019-02-12
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Students admitted to a Master's programme within in the humanities or with a Bachelor's degree in the humanities
  • Responsible department: Department of Philosophy

Decisions and guidelines

The department of Philosophy is responsible for this course.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, the students are expected to have acquired a good understanding of the themes and questions discussed. The student is expected to be able to:

  • use the concepts and distinctions necessary for critical discussion and be able to position him/herself in relation to the theories and arguments studied
  • read and understand texts containing historical analysis and philosophical argumentation
  • account for and be able to give a systematic treatment of central contemporary questions within philsophical aesthetics
  • have good knowledge of the relevant fields in philosophical aesthetics
  • analyse strengths and weaknesses in the theories studied
  • lead a critical discussion concerning the relation between different aesthetic theories and a selection of artworks challenging these theories
  • use theoretical tools and resources to argue for and against central theories about aesthetic value, art and artistic experience


The aim of this module is to introduce philosophical questions concerning the imagination and its role in the creation and appreciation of art. Topics that will be addressed include: What is imagination? What role does imagination play for the expression of emotion in art? Is there any connection between imagination and artistic creativity, and if so, what does the connection consist of exactly? What is imaginative resistance to morally deviant fictions and what explains this phenomenon? Do stories count as fiction because their authors intend that readers shall use their imagination in certain ways?


Teaching consists of lectures and seminars.


The examination consists of home assignment(s).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.