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PH9F5 - Hegel's Aesthetics

  • Module code: PH9F5
  • Module name: Hegel's Aesthetics
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 20, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics belong with Aristotle’s Poetics, Kant’s Third Critique and Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy among the greatest works of philosophical aesthetics in the Western tradition. These lectures exercised considerable influence on the discipline of art history and were the focus of philosophical scrutiny by major 20th-century philosophers, such as Heidegger, Gadamer, Adorno and Danto. This MA module will provide students with an opportunity to study Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics in detail. The principal topics we will cover include the following: Hegel’s discussion of Art and beauty, The historicity of art and the three art-forms (symbolic, classical and romantic), The “end of art” and the future of art, The visual arts, Tragedy and comedy. The main focus will be on Hegel’s lectures, but, where necessary, reference will be made to other theories of art and to concrete works of art (such as Sophocles’ Antigone). There are no formal prerequisites for this module.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: PH9F5-20)
A (Assessed work only) 7500 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%
30 CATS (Module code: PH9F5-30)
A (Assessed work only) 7500 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Continental Philosophy (V7P2) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy and Literature (V7P7) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy (V7PM) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy and the Arts (V7PN) - Year 2