Philosophy of Art (PHIL*3050) | College of Arts

Philosophy of Art (PHIL*3050)

Code and section: PHIL*3050*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: John Russon


Through ongoing, concrete reflection on individual works of art and through the careful study of philosophical texts, we will try to understand what art is and what role it plays in human culture.  We will focus especially on two great philosophical works—Hegel’s Aesthetics and Dewey’s Art as Experience—supplemented by various other readings, including readings by contemporary artists.


Course outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.