PHIL107 What Is Art?


General Education Category and Learning Outcomes
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Understanding the Creative Arts

-Basic issues of interpretation. How does a work mean anything? How does one determine meaning? How can a work have numerous meanings, often at the same time?

-Questions of poetics. How do the traditions of genres and forms, materials and means of production, and philosophies and theories influence individual literary and artistic works and their interpretation?

-Questions of value. How can such creative works be evaluated? How are critical vocabularies developed? How does a work come to be called a "classic"? How do new works and genres become accepted as art?

-Questions of cultural and historical context. How do creative works relate to the societies in which they are produced and received? How do cultural roles of creative products, definitions of art, institutions, markets and patronage affect the creation of works of architecture, art, music, literature and other media?


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