Art and the Mind

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5ES097

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Aesthetics A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 28 February 2022
Responsible department
Department of Philosophy

General provisions

The course may run jointly with the course 5ES098 at C level. The course requirements are higher on students at advanced level than on C level students.

Entry requirements

180 credits, or equivalent, including 60 credits in philosophy, aesthetics, musicology, literature or art history. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • understand the significance of the theme of the course for discussions of art and the mind more generally
  • demonstrate a good grasp of the main theories and concepts discussed
  • critically discuss those theories and concepts
  • apply the theories and concepts to other questions or subjects
  • articulate an understanding of considerations of theory choice in philosophy
  • develop independent and original arguments and positions concerning the theme of the course.


Art is a product of human minds. Art is appreciated by human minds. Both art and the mind are complicated, with many aspects. So philosophers of art have examined many relations between aspects of art and aspects of the mind. This course focusses on one such relation. The content varies according to the research specialties of the teacher, but examples might include art and emotion, art and imagination, fiction and understanding, and painting and perception.


Instruction is provided through lectures and seminars. The language of instruction is English.


The course is assessed by a home assignment.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.