Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The student gets a basic understanding of philosophies and theories of art

Credits: 5

Schedule: 21.09.2020 - 30.11.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Max Ryynänen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Max Ryynänen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    How have philosophers approached (aesthetic) experience? What is an art scene, actually? What kind of theories do we have about art, popular culture, kitsch and/or camp? What can today's artists learn from 11th century philosophers of Kashmir, or Medieval Arabic philosophy? We will also tackle culture industries, interpretation, weak thinking (and its contenders like neo-baroque and the postmodern), societal philosophy, and sensual issues from shadows to bodily reactions to art.

    The way we discuss and read texts is based on an attempt to deal with them in the way they were meant to be understood, not by packaging them to fit today's academic norms, or applying them to become 'tools' for us. Some scholars included are not into arts, but our reading might turn them into being meaningful in this context. Thinkers, philosophers and theorists discussed (or mentioned) on the course will include e.g. Abhinavagupta, Adorno, Al-Ghazali, Benjamin, Dewey, Eco, Hegel, Heidegger, Irigaray, de Lauretis, Marx, Ranciere, Shusterman, Sloterdijk, Sontag, Tanizaki and Vattimo.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Coursework and course participation.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    20 hours of contact teaching,115h independent work  (Doctoral students, who will be expected to present their own research in the context of the course and attend extra sessions: 22 hours.) Pagewise not much, but challenging reading. (Doctoral students: expanded reading list.) Essay writing. Requirement of all schedules activities a minimum of 80%.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Will be given on the course and published on the course blog (which will be sent to the accepted students before the course starts)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No prerequisites