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FINAL ESSAY

Final Essay (40%)

A 2,000 word essay. Due Monday Dec 7th. Philosophy Department Main Office, before 5:00pm.

Choose ONE topic:

1. What is the significance of history for our understanding of the nature of art? Discuss in relation to Hegel and Baudelaire.

2. What is the moral or ethical value of art? Discuss in relation to Kant and/or Dewey.

3. To what extent have the traditional arts, that rely on the presence of “aura”, been supplanted since the mid-20th century? Discuss in relation to Benjamin and/or Hegel and a contemporary art form.

** No matter what topic you choose, you are REQUIRED to show evidence of independent research – in other words, refer to more than the core course readings.

** No matter what topic you choose, you are ENCOURAGED to refer to particular works of art in your essay.

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