Philosophy 187

Fall 2009

Number Title Instructor Days/time Room
187 Special Topics in the History of Philosophy: Kant’s Aesthetics Ginsborg Tu 2-5 2519 Tolman

We will discuss Kant’s aesthetic theory, focussing primarily on his theory of the beautiful. We will be concerned both with the theory in its own right, and with its broader philosophical implications. Readings will be drawn mostly from the Critique of Judgment, with some background material (e.g. Hume) and some secondary readings. The class will be conducted as a seminar, and participants will be required to participate actively in discussion. Requirements will include several short writing assignments and a longer final paper.

Enrollment in the class is limited to 15 and is by application only. To apply to enroll, you should send an email (with “Philosophy 187 application” in the subject line) to the instructor at with a description of your reasons for wishing to take the course and a description of your background in philosophy, including, but not necessarily limited to, a list of philosophy courses already taken. Participants will be expected to have a strong background in philosophy, preferably including a course on Kant (although this is not essential). Preference will be given to philosophy majors. The deadline is Friday May 24. If you are accepted you will receive a course enrollment code by email soon thereafter.

Previously taught: SP08, SP07.