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Lecture series on Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. The first part of the series focuses on some of the most important writings on art and beauty in the Western philosophical tradition, covering Plato, Aristotle, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. The second part of the series focuses on questions about understanding works of art and about the nature of art. This part examines the interpretation of literature, the expression of emotion in music, and the definition of art

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Lecture series on Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. The first part of the series focuses on some of the most important writings on art and beauty in the Western philosophical tradition, covering Plato, Aristotle, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. The second part of the series focuses on questions about understanding works of art and about the nature of art. This part examines the interpretation of literature, the expression of emotion in music, and the definition of art

    1. Plato's Philosophy of Art

    1. Plato's Philosophy of Art

    James Grant, lecturer in philosop-hy, University of Oxford gives his first lecture in the Aesthetics series on Plato's philosophy of Art. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 54 min
    2. Aristotle's Poetics

    2. Aristotle's Poetics

    James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his second lecture in the Aesthetics series on Aristotle's Poetics. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 55 min
    3. Hume and the Standard of Taste

    3. Hume and the Standard of Taste

    James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his third lecture in the Aesthetics series on Hume and the Standard of Taste. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 55 min
    4. Kant's Critique of Judgement: Lecture 1

    4. Kant's Critique of Judgement: Lecture 1

    James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his fourth lecture in the Aesthetics series on Kant's Critique of Judgement. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 55 min
    5. Kant's Critique of Judgement: Lecture 2

    5. Kant's Critique of Judgement: Lecture 2

    James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford concludes his discussion of Kant's Critique of Judgement in the fifth lecture of the Aesthetics series. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 53 min
    6. Literary Interpretation

    6. Literary Interpretation

    James Grant, lecturer in philosophy, University of Oxford gives his sixth lecture in the Aesthetics series on the interpretation of literature. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

ALA2019 ,

Good start

I will be a student at Oxford University this coming term and taking Aesthetics as my primary tutorial. I have never formally studied Aesthetics before, so this series of lectures was a good introduction into this multifaceted topic.

rickeychick ,

aesthetics and PHilosophy of at Lectures

This is an amazing collection. Although I am not a philosophy major, the ability of Professor Grant to make this subject relevant is truly a gift .

PaleRamon ,

Astonishingly bad

I really can’t believe how astonishingly bad these lectures are. He reads Plato like an instruction manual, taking for granted Socrates’ complaints (which he outright conflates with Plato’s) against drama, poetry, etc., without once stopping to consider WHY Plato would choose to write all of this as a dramatic dialogue. Superficial, dogmatic, misinformative. You’d be better off just reading the Wikipedia article than getting an intro to aesthetics here.

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