Course ObjectiveIn order to successfully complete this course, the student needs to
- acquire knowledge of several ancient theories of beauty and of truth;
- gain insight into ancient views of the interrelation between beauty
and truth, and of the metaphysical and epistemological presuppositions
underlying those views.
After completion of this course, students will have further developed
their skills of textual analysis, of reflecting on and comparing the
theories expounded in (ancient) texts (in translation); evaluating
secondary literature on those texts; formulating their own questions on
and analyses of the material.
Course ContentThis course is all about ancient theories of beauty and truth and of the
interrelation between the two. Is beauty a signpost of truth? Or does it
lead us away from truth instead? What is the ancient notion of beauty?
How does it associate with, on the one hand, rationality and truth, and,
on the other hand, our perception and emotions? We will trace the
development of aesthetics from Plato down to the late ancient
commentators, and study the entrenchment of beauty and truth in ideas
concerning the nature of reality, knowledge, and human life.
Teaching MethodsSeminar. Student participation: presentation of topics, close reading of
papers, and group discussions.
Method of AssessmentTwoweekly assignments (20%), presentation (10%) and final essay (70%).
LiteratureA selection of passages from primary texts (mainly Plato, Aristotle,
Plotinus, all in English translations) as well as papers and chapters
from secondary literature, details to be announced through Canvas.
The course has a direct relation to recent research of the historians of
philosophy of the VU.
Target AudienceMA students of ACASA. Students in other MA's (esp. Philosophy and
Theology) may participate after permission from the teacher.
Additional InformationThis course will be taught in English unless all participating students
have both active and passive knowledge of Dutch.
Absence of more than 20% will have to be compensated through additional
assignments, except in cases of illness or other extreme circumstances.
Late papers will not be accepted.
Recommended background knowledgeA completed BA in one of the disciplines of ACASA or in philosophy.
Students who wish to participate but do not fulfill the requirements
should contact the teacher before enrolling.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. M. Martijn|
|Examiner||prof. dr. M. Martijn|
prof. dr. M. Martijn
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