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PHIL 242 (AR) What is Art? (1)

What makes something a work of art? Must an artwork be beautiful, or can anything, given the right context, count as a work of art? What does it mean to say that some works of art are better than others? This course will examine such questions and the heated controversies they have provoked among artists, critics, philosophers, anthropologists, historians, and others.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons and Values

  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: Markowitz