M-FIL/01 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

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Learning Objectives

To acknowledge the main philosophical issues related to the aesthetic experience; to develop a critical approach to the philosophical discussion on art, beauty and perception from antiquity to modern days.

Detailed Course Content

The principles of the Western aesthetics. In particular, the course will focus on the meaning of mimesis, on the issue of the Beautiful in Plotinus and on the appreciation of the role of the artist in Renaissance and classicist aesthetic theories.

Textbook Information

S. Halliwell, L’estetica della mimesis. Testi antichi e problemi moderni, tr. by G. Lombardo, Aesthetica, Palermo 2009, pp. 444.


• Elio Franzini e Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis, Breve storia dell’estetica, Mondadori, Milano 2003, pp. 143.


• Plotin, Traité 1, I 6, par Anne-Lise Darras-Worms, Les Éditions du Cerf, Paris 2007, pp. 292. Alternatively, students can read any other translation of Plotinus’ treatise On beauty (Enn. I 6), however they will need notes from the lectures.


• D. Iozzia, «Come mai l’oro è bello?». Plotino, Enn. I 6 (1), 34 e i Cappadoci, in Daniele Iozzia (ed.), Philosophy and Art in Late Antiquity. Proceedings of the International Seminar of Catania, 8-9 November 2012, Bonanno, Acireale 2013, pp. 129-149.


• D. Iozzia, Metafora e arti visive in Plotino, in R. Loredana Cardullo and Daniele Iozzia (ed.), KALLOS KAI ARETH. Bellezza e virtù. Studi in onore di Maria Barbanti, Bonanno, Acireale 2014, pp. 391-400.


• E. Panofsky, Idea. Contributo alla storia dell’estetica, tr. by E. Cione, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2006, pp. 209. Alternatively, students can read any other edition or translation of the book.


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