Readings in Aesthetics and Politics

Spring 2022
Olympia
Day
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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In this seminar-based course, we will be reading works by Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Herbert Brun.

"Aesthetics" is the set of criteria by which a creator guides their work: these criteria point to the future, and not the present.

"Politics" is the set of criteria by which humans guide their current social interactions: they point to the present, and not the future.

To demonstrate their learning, students will be asked to write two 5-page papers, comparing the ideas of these different writers.

The two come together when a creator wishes that their future artwork has a current political function.

Aesthetics raises politics to address as-yet unrealized goals, moving us towards an as-yet unrealized society.

In different ways, the writers we will read address these conflicting ideas of aesthetics and politics.  Although they are dead, they

continue to speak to our current problems.

Registration

Spring 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Fr - Sr (4): 30277

Academic details

Preparatory For

Performance (Musical, Theatrical)

Music Composition

Theater

The Arts in General

Philosophy

Credits
4
Maximum Enrollment
25
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

Com 117 - Music Rehearsal
Location
Olympia