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The assignment is
comprehension of and an ability to respond to
classical aesthetic theory as presented in our readings so far this term.
The four philosophers that you choose from are: Plato, Aristotle, Hume
may use theconcepts from Japanese Aesthetics that we
discussed in a comparison paper.
There are two options.
is demonstrated by presenting an author's ideas accurately.
"Ability to Respond"
is demonstrated by making connections between two authors based on your
reading and reflecting on the texts.
A "C" paper does
A "B" paper goes
beyond class discussions in depth of comprehension and finding new connections.
An "A" paper
contains deeper insight into the texts and their comparisons.
Write your paper on
aspect of one of the four philosopher's view of art, what it is, what
it's function is and/or its place in a society. You must have a thesis
statement that spells out the aspect that you will consider.Suggestions:
The differences between
Book III & Book X of Plato's Republic.
his view of the function of art.
Hume -- the relationship
between his standard of taste and the things that can go wrong.
Kant -- the relationship
of aesthetic judgment to judgment in general. What role does aesthetic
judgment play in his theory?
Do a comparison between
two of the philosophers.
Again a thesis
statment is required -- and, since you are dealing with 2 philosophers
the "aspect" needs to be more tightly focused.
Plato & Aristotle
on imitation and the function of Art
Hume & Kant
on role of reason in aesthetic judgment/or the role of feeling. [You
could take it from either direction]
Plato & Concepts
from Japanese Aesthetics.
Aristotle & Kant:
"catharsis" vs "disinterest"
Your paper should have
an introduction where you state what your topic will be and generally
indicate what direction you will be going. Stating your thesis concerning
your text/topic choice at this point can save you a lot of wandering later...
The thesis should include
a statement of the aspect of the author or authors you will discuss [the
TOPIC] and a general statement about HOW you will discuss or compare
them. [your THESIS]
You may organize the
of your paper in whatever way seems to present the material best, but be
sure your organization is clear!
However, it usually
works better to present the philosopher's view [the parts you need for
your discussion] first, then start the comparison/discussion of the
other philosopher or literary text.
In other words don't
alternate: "Plato says....., but I think...."
If you do this you won't
see the whole picture.
Present Plato's view
first, then proceed to develop the contrast in relation to the topic you
The paper should end
with a conclusion, focusing and summarizing your discussion.
The best papers are
those where the conclusion "writes itself" - that is - it follows from
what you have argued in your paper.
Please explain in
your own words. If you use a quote be sure to explain
what the quotation means in the context of your discussion. In other words
demonstrate understanding of the text.