Arts, Aesthetics and Technology (Semester 4)

In this course, we will explore the various ways in which some philosophers have thought about topics in aesthetics and philosophy of art. We will also examine how some philosophers have said about art in the context of modern technology.


Since the syllabi in MCPH are dynamic and regularly updated, this reading list is indicative and amenable to modifications in each session.

Plato, Symposium

Aristotle, Poetics

Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment

Hegel, Selections from Aesthetics

Friedrich Nietzsche, “Truth and lies in the nonmoral sense”

Martin Heidegger, “The Origin of the work of art”

Jean-Paul Sartre, “What is writing?”

Walter Benjamin, “The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction”

Hans-Georg Gadamer, “Aesthetics and Hermeneutics”

Jacques Derrida, “The parergon”

Jean-François Lyotard, “The sublime and the avant-garde”

Gilles Deleuze, “Percept, Affect and Concept”