Explore problems and methods in aesthetic valuation and appreciation, creation, and criticism of artworks…

PHIL 306
About the Instructor

David Falgout completed an M.A. in Philosophy (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2001), an M.A. in Religion (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2004), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2014). His research interests include: pedagogy of critical literacy and argument; Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic religion and philosophy; cultural and theoretical intersections involving aesthetics, philosophy of religion, hermeneutics, and methodology in the study of religion and art.

For inquiries: call 808-956-8783 or email dfalgout@hawaii.edu

Varied Dates (6/3-8/9/2024) (Online Asynchronous)

This course centers on inquiry into the nature of art, exploring problems and methods in aesthetic valuation and in appreciation, creation, and criticism of artworks. Influential theories from many cultures will be examined, and students will respond by developing their own arguments. Important related philosophical themes will also be covered, such as the nature of beauty, disgust, and museums, as well as aesthetic values specific to a type of art, such as painting, music, performance, digital, clothing, magic, architecture, and everyday aesthetics.

Students will be allowed to choose aesthetic traditions from a variety of cultures (including cultures associated with India, Islam, Hawai‘i, Southeast Asia, International Pop Culture, China, Japan, Korea, and others) as subjects for philosophically exploring and writing. Students will also be encouraged to share art that they appreciate and then discover new ways to articulate that appreciation in relation to a variety of aesthetic theories.

Fulfills the general educational requirement: DH

Updated 4/2/2024