Philosophy 218: Philosophy of Art

What makes art "art"? Indeed, can "art" be defined at all? What is the difference between various types of art-a piece of music versus a sculpture, say? What is beauty? Are judgments regarding artworks and beauty subjective or objective? Is art important and valuable? Should the state support art and artists? What is the relation between art and morality? Should art ever be censored? Can you imagine a case where you would respond in the affirmative and, say, picket in front of a museum? In this course we'll think about questions such as these-questions that will appeal to artist and non-artist alike.