Philosophy of Art
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Teacher in charge
Maria João Mayer Branco (Pós-Doc)
a) To question the problem of artistic creation in the light of Nietzsche’s conceptual and philosophical proposals.
b) To clarify the relation between art and philosophy in Nietzsche’s thought.
c) To enlighten the questions raised in class by the critical reading of texts.
d) To exercise written and oral articulation of philosophical problems.
Artistic creation is a recurring topic of reflection throughout Nietzsche’s writings. This course proposes an itinerary through some of his texts in order to highlight the main concepts with which this philosopher thought about what is art, what is an artist and what is the relation between art and philosophy. Starting with the notions of Apollonian, Dionysian and intoxication we will try to develop what is at stake in Nietzsche’s criticisms of the notions of subject and free will and to understand how does art elucidate Nietzsche’s proposal of thinking life as will to power.
Attention will mainly concentrate on The Birth of Tragedy, Human, all too Human, The Gay Science and Beyond Good and Evil and on a selection of 1887/1888’s texts from the Nachlass.
NIETZSCHE, F., Sämtliche Werke. Kritische Studienausgabe in 15 Bänden, Colli, G./ Montinari, M. (hg.), Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, 1980; NIETZSCHE, F., Obras Escolhidas, Círculo de Leitores, 1996, 7 vols
CRÉPON, Marc, Nietzsche: l’art et la politique de l’avenir, PUF, Paris, 2003
STIEGLER, Barbara, Nietzsche et la critique de la chair, PUF, Paris, 2005
WITT, Mary Anne Frese (Ed.), Nietzsche and the Rebirth of the Tragic, Madison/Teaneck, USA (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press) 2007
WOTLING, Patrick, La philosophie de l’esprit libre. Introduction à Nietzsche, Paris, Flammarion, 2008
Outros títulos de bibliografia secundária serão mencionados ao longo do semestre.
Exposition of the problems proposed, reading and commentary of texts and discussion of the works of the students to be presented in class.
Each student is required to write a paper and to present it and discuss it in class.