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Philosophy of the Arts


Notes and considerations, follow-up on discussions in class, what not.

Propaganda or not?

…Whether or not someone addresses another person is between the addresser and the addressee… In class, I posed the question whether or not Lenie Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will is…

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On these pages I keep you informed about the literature courses in aesthetics. There are three of them: In “Art and Morality” you study the debate on the possibility of…

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Representing a token of a type

“But how can he tell what the holocaust was, if he is telling the story of a German who saved 1300 jews, while the overwhelming majority of the jews was not saved? Even when he shows the moment of the deportation to the Cracau ghetto, or the camp officer shooting at the deported, how can he do justice, even then, to the normalcy of the procedure of murder, the machinery of the extermination? It did not go like that for everyone. In Treblinka, or in Auschwitz, the possibility of salvation was inconceivable.” (Lanzmann). … (read on)

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Lanzmann and Lang

Claude Lanzmann argued (a.o.) that the Shoah cannot be represented (photographically, I would want to add). He states this clearly in explaining what he would do had he found documentary…

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Guest lectures

The handouts of most of my guest lectures are available on the internet. Some are restricted for enlisted students only, some are available for all interested parties. I hope you…

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What is Racism?

1. What is Racism?2. How do we establish whether something (or someone) is being racist?3. Doesn’t “is racist” imply a distinction between kinds of people? Imagine you are in the…

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