UBKKDBK027 Art Theory and Aesthetics

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Summer 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Miroslav Zelinský, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Miroslav Zelinský, CSc.
Institute of The Czech Language and Library Science - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce the concise history of theories of art and aesthetics, the main directions of them, important personalities, concepts. It will be focused on the current concept of art theory and aesthetics in the broader context of social sciences and humanities and art. The lessons will include screenings of films, photographic reproductions of artefacts, etc.
  • 1. Introduction to the subject matter, presentation of the compulsory and recommended literature
  • 2. Outline of the history of aesthetic thinking; anthropological aesthetics and art history
  • 3. Basic terminology, an attempt to define the subject, interdisciplinary context
  • 4. Aesthetics of life ("meaning of life" and aesthetics, concept of natural world, etc.)
  • 5. Aesthetics and cognition (art as the way of getting to know the world)
  • 6. Aesthetics and the action: cultural, artistic, social, communication
  • 7. Aesthetics and feeling (psychological aspects of experience, secondary emotionality, experience, etc.)
  • 8. Environmental aesthetics and its limits
  • 9. Aesthetics of applied creation (things, people, wider and narrower environment ...)
  • 10. About taste, fashion, snobbery and kitsch
  • 11. Aesthetics in art (definition and value of art, an aesthetic object, high and popular art, ideology, transformation of aesthetic reception, etc.)
  • 12. Feminist aesthetics and ideology in aesthetics - in general
  • 13. Feminist aesthetics and ideology in aesthetics - in general
    required literature
  • VANĚK, J. Způsoby estetického prožívání. Praha: Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, 2009.
  • KULKA, T. – CIPORANOV, D. (eds.) Co je umění? Texty angloamerické estetiky 20. století. Praha: FF UK, 2010.
  • ZUSKA, V. Estetika – úvod do současnosti tradiční disciplíny. Praha: Triton, 2001.
  • PERNIOLA, M. Estetika 20. století. Praha: Karolinum, 2000.
  • ZAHRÁDKA, P. (ed.) Estetika na přelomu milénia. Praha: Barrister and Principal, 2010.
    recommended literature
  • POSPÍŠIL, Z. Kaleidoskop estetiky. Olomouc: PF UP Olomouc, 2006.
  • OSBORNE, R. Teorie umění. Praha: Portál, 2006.
  • ZAHRÁDKA, P. Vysoké versus populární umění. Olomouc: Periplum, 2009.
  • SIMMEL, G. O podstate kultury. Bratislava: Kalligram, 2003.
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Presentation of a paper on a given topic. Successful completion of a test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 8p/sem.
The course is also listed under the following terms Summer 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Summer 2024, recent)
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