Philosophical Aesthetics: Historical Questions

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5ES102

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, 30 August 2022
Responsible department
Department of Philosophy

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

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a good grasp of the main problems, theories and concepts discussed
  • critically discuss those problems, theories and concepts
  • develop independent and autonomous arguments and positions concerning the theme of the course
  • apply the theories and concepts to other questions or subjects.


This course examines a particular question or topic drawn from the history of philosophical aesthetics (ranging from ancient philosophy to the middle of the 20th century). The course addresses its theme either by concentrating on one book, or by pursuing a line of thought through a focussed list of papers. The exact focus of the course will vary depending on the expertise and interests of the instructor, but possible topics might include problems of Kant's aesthetics, Modernism, Dufrenne's aesthetics, Romanticism, and Existentialist aesthetics.


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


The course is assessed by a home examination.

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.

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