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Philosophy Workshop: ‘Aesthetics’
June 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
What is beauty? Why do we enjoy tragedy? Why is there poetry? Should art be realistic? How can we explain those unique qualities of experience that seem to happen before reason? If taste is subjective, why do we say the object itself is beautiful?
In this session we explore different theories about aesthetics, such as Kant’s unifying account of judgement, the sublime, abstraction, spirituality and art, living aesthetically, and aesthetic attitudes in different parts of the world (including Aristotle, Zeami and Norinaga).
As the University of Newcastle no longer offers courses in Philosophy, we’ve partnered with Dr Bill Pascoe to run a series of workshops and online webinars on key philosophical concepts, so you can still access this vital academic discipline.
The word ‘philosophy’ comes from ancient Greek and means ‘love of wisdom.’ With philosophy, we can better understand how we came to be where we are today, both personally and as a society, and with that understanding, to perceive what we should do about it and how. Understanding philosophical topics like logic, ethics and deconstruction can help you understand and solve complex problems in life and at work.
Throughout this series, we will deal with subjects like how to reason and argue, power and freedom, morality and ethics, truth and knowledge, money and culture, post-humans and information, justice, and reality itself.
Previous course content available here: http://hri.newcastle.edu.au/phil/
Dr Bill Pascoe is a former student and life long reader of philosophy and literature, and a software developer, now specialising in Digital Humanities.
The Callaghan workshop and online webinar for each topic are identical. To access the content and participate in the discussion, you are welcome to attend either!
To access the online webinar, go to the Online Workshops page of our website and click ‘Enter the Online Clubhouse’. Try to log on five minutes early, so we can start on time.