Q&A #12: Public Art

Read Part 11, especially chapters 25-26.

1. Q: Was the removal of "Tilted Arc" in the public's best interest?

(Due during our final exam period.)


Q&A #11: Defining Art (updated)

1. Read and consider my definition of art:


2. Read: SEP on defining art:


3. Q: Describe and defend your own preferred definition of art.  Due Friday, 4/28.


Q&A #10 Authentic Performances

1. Read: Part 2 of our text.

2. Compare and contrast Davies' conception of an authentic musical performance with Young's view of a successful musical performance. Which account makes more sense to you?

3. Write 2 questions of your own.

Note: we will have a guest from FIGMENT (an organization that promotes participatory art within local communities, including North Adams) speak to us briefly on Friday, April 14.


Q&A #9: Film, Photography, and Scruton

1. Read: Part 6.

2. Q: Is film/photography (in Scruton's "ideal" sense) a unique art form?


Q&A #8: Cross-cultural Aesthetics

1. Read Part 12.

2. Q: Could there be (2 or more) radically distinct concepts of art?


Q&A #7: Popular vs. Classical Music

1. Read: Part 4, Rock Music and Culture.

2. Question: Is Scruton right to hold that some absolute (instrumental) and classically tonal music is aesthetically superior to most contemporary, popular musical forms?

Due: Friday, March 24

(Note: if you received a warning and have missed only one essay to date, please email me.)

Reminder: aside from officially sanctioned instances of special accommodation, there should be no cell phone or laptop use during class.


Q&A #6: Fear and Fiction

1. Read: Chapter 16, "Fearing Fictionally" and IEP's "Paradox of Fiction" (http://www.iep.utm.edu/fict-par/)

2. Q: Does Walton's "pretend theory" work?  Why or why not?


Q&A #5: Aesthetics & Nature

1. Read: Carlson and Carroll, Chapters 10-11.

2. How important is the understanding (or knowledge) to the aesthetic appreciation of nature?


Q&A # 4: Essay on Beauty (updated)

1. (Since we've missed one day this week) continue reading "Improvisational Pedagogy."  We'll spend a day or two discussing this essay.

2. Read: "An Essay on Beauty and Judgment":


3. Q: Why does Nehamas suggest, quoting from Stendhal (p. 4), that "beauty is a promise of happiness"?

Due: (next) Friday, 2/24/17


Q&A #3: Knowledge-Imagination Ratio & Improvisation

1. Read:

Supplemental reading: "Improvisational Pedagogy"

2. Q: What are the essential relations between knowledge, imagination, creativity, and improvisation?


Q&A #2: Fakes and Forgeries

1. Read: Part 3 of our text, "Fakes and Forgeries."

2. What, from an aesthetic point of view (in contrast to a legal or ethical one), is wrong with a forgery?

(As always, answer this question in essay form following closely the guidelines of handout QA/QAHO.)


Q&A #1: The Art of Food

1. Read: Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 2, "Food as Art."

2. Question: Do you agree with Telfer's claim that the art of food is both simple and minor?

Compose a 1-2 pp (2-3 pp. in the case of honors), highly polished and thoughtful, argumentative essay defending your point of view (see handouts QA/QAHO, CR1, CR2, CR3, and the "Style Checklist").

Due: next Friday, 1/27, in class; no late work/online submissions accepted.