Spring 2015


Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-227

Formerly listed as: PHIL-27

Moodle site: Course


Joseph G. Moore (Section 01)


The course investigates the central issues of aesthetics. These include: the nature and value of art, works of art, expression, creativity, artistic meaning, aesthetic experience, interpretation and aesthetic judgment. In the first half of the course, we will examine certain historical texts—from Plato to Tolstoy—that have been influential in both the study and practice of art. In the second half, we will discuss contemporary treatments of selected topics in aesthetics.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Moore.

If Overenrolled: Preference to majors, Amherst seniors first, then juniors, etc.


Writing attentive


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2015