Postgraduate taught 

Philosophy (Conversion) MSc

Philosophy Of Art PHIL5075

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is concerned with a number of main issues in the philosophy of art and aesthetics.


2 lectures per week for 9 weeks, plus 4 seminars. The course may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Two essays, equally weighted, each with a word limit of 2500 words.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is:

■ To introduce students to some major issues in the philosophy of art and aesthetics

■ To explore some of the positions of significant philosophers on these questions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Give an account of Hume's philosophical aims in 'Of the standard of taste';

■ Expound and critically discuss Kant's theory of aesthetic judgement;

■ Expound and critically discuss theories of artistic expression and meaning;

■ Describe and assess the prospects for a substantive theory of art;

■ Expound and critically discuss Danto's theory of art and the related institutional theory.


Assessment for this course is at Masters Level.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.