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PHILOS 2H03 Aesthetics

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Barry Allen

Email: bgallen@mcmaster.ca

Office: University Hall 301

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23463

Website:

Office Hours: Office Hour: Tuesday @ 2.30



Course Objectives:

Class location: MDCL 1105

The Course

Philosophical ideas about beauty and art from Plato to Foucault.

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Readings are in a coursepack available at the McMaster bookstore.


Method of Assessment:

Evaluation based on two writing assignments (about 1000 words) on the readings and a final exam.

First assignment 30%

Second assignment 30%

Final exam 30%

Tutorial 10%


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Please be aware of these points:

• I require a printed copy of the assignment. I also require you to submit your paper to the dropbox on the Avenue page. Please find the dropbox appropriate to your tutorial, and send your file there. These files will be processed by the Avenue 2 Learn originality checker. If you do not want to submit your paper under these terms, then please inform me of your reason, and plan to send your TA both an electronic copy and a printed copy of your assignment.

• Late assignments subject to penalty of 3% per day (including weekends).

• No electronic submission of papers. Do not submit assignments to the Philosophy Department office. The office staff do not accept them, nor do they return assignments to students.

• In order to receive a passing grade in this class, you must complete the assignments and write the final exam. Failure to complete a writing assignment or the final exam will result in a failing grade for the course.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

S C H E D U L E

JANUARY

Introduction

Classical Philosophy of Art and Beauty Plato, Symposium + Republic Aristotle, De Poetica

Plotinus, Concerning the Beautiful

Aesthetics in Modern Philosophy

David Hume, The Standard of Taste

FEBRUARY

Kant, Critique of Aesthetic Judgment

G. W. F. Hegel, Philosophy of Fine Art

Mid-Term Break

MARCH

Schopenhauer, Metaphysics of Fine Art

Nietzsche, Birth of Tragedy

Henri Bergson, Laughter: The Meaning of the Comic

Foucault, This is not a Pipe

APRIL

Foucault, cont’d

FINAL EXAM — DATE TBA


Other Course Information:

• It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all e-mail correspondence sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from the student’s own McMaster e-mail account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete e-mails that do not originate from a McMaster account.

• You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behavior in all aspects of the learning process. Academic dishonesty is knowingly to act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behavior can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty, though academic dishonesty includes: plagiarism; improper collaboration in group work; and copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations. For complete information refer to the Academic Integrity Policy: http://www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity