1 September 2020
Arts, Ontology, and Politics
The meaning of art is not obvious in contemporary visual culture. We can no longer take for granted that it is simply about creating beauty. Nor can we say it is about provoking critical reflection, since this fails to explain why art is necessary for this reflection. The aim of this summer school is to explore the social meaning and the critical potentialities of art today and to discuss the contemporary theories that intend to account for it. The starting point for this examination is the legacy of Foucault’s discourse analysis, which thematizes the entanglement of artistic creation in power relations, and Levinas’s understanding of aesthetics which separates strictly the transcendence of a work of art form the transcendence of ethics.
Master students in philosophy, but open to advanced Bachelor, Master and PhD students in philosophy or a closely related field. Participants should have at least completed two full years of undergraduate education (Bachelor level).
EUR 300: Regular
EUR 200: Early bird (only Bachelor and Master students)