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Art Philosophy 3 : First half of the Twentieth Century27170/1624/1819/1/82
Study guide

Art Philosophy 3 : First half of the Twentieth Century

Academic year 2018-19
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 2
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Special admission is required to attend this course unit within a
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Crombez Thomas
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Semester 1
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2018 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Fail mark compensation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).

Prerequisite competencies (text)

The student is able to analyze philosophical and theoretical texts independently. S/he is able to reflect on a given philosophical problem (formulated in an abstract manner).

The student has a basic knowledge of Western cultural history of the 20th century, which will form the background against which historical developments in arts, aesthetics, and philosophy are discussed during this course.

The student is sensitive to the philosophical problems surrounding the work of art and the social role of art.

Learning objectives (text)

The student has gained insight into the development of western philosophy. S/he has developed a basic overview of the history of philosophy of the early 20th century (philosophers, concepts, main schools).

The student has developed an understanding of the main (historical) positions in the field of the philosophy and theory of art. The student is able to link these positions to important developments in the history of philosophy.

The student has developed a historical sensitivity to the changing ideas in the field of aesthetics.

The student can read and analyze a philosophical text. S/he is able to follow and reconstruct a philosophical argument, and is able to construct a philosophical argument by her/himself (under guidance).

Course content

Central to this course is the question of the relationship between philosophy and art. The philosophers of the Western tradition have almost always approached art as an "object" for philosophical reflection. The French philosopher Alain Badiou states that philosophy has again and again "made art philosophical", that is, appropriated it and turned it into a philosophical object. Philosophy could only embrace the arts after they had been ascribed a philosophical significance.

In the twentieth century, this approach has repeatedly been criticized. New scientific disciplines, too, approached art from a very different position: as a practice of human society (in anthropology); as a symptom (in psychoanalysis); or as a signifying text (in semiotics).

All these different approaches to the artistic practice, as they came to the fore in the early 20th century, will be addressed during the course.

Study material (text): Mandatory

A selection of philosophical essays by various authors will be made available at the beginning of the course.

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Semester 1Knowledge test100,00Written and oral examination