The department of Philosophy is responsible for this course.
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?