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Beauty, Science, and Morality
PHIL 333
Spring 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 333

Could our aesthetic experience of nature help us attain a deeper scientific understanding of its structure? Could our capacity to create and appreciate art aid our moral development? How could beauty help us remain steadfast in the face of chaos and destruction? In this advanced-level seminar, we will explore these questions through the lens of Kant's "Critique of the Power of Judgment" (also known as the third Critique). Through a careful reading of the text, we will investigate Kant's path-breaking argument about how aesthetics might help us bridge the gap between our scientific and moral viewpoints. And we will also trace how Kant's third Critique has shaped debates concerning the relationship between beauty, science, and morality from the beginning of the 19th century to our present day.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(PHIL)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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