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The University of Southampton

PHIL6056 Advanced Aesthetics: Aesthetic Creativity

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Important philosophical views of aesthetic creativity.
  • The arguments for and against philosophical views of aesthetic creativity.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Undertake independent work, including identifying and using appropriate resources
  • Work effectively to deadlines
  • Take notes from talks and written materials
  • Contribute to discussion in a critical but dispassionate way
  • Express views clearly and concisely
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Interpret, synthesise and criticise complex texts and positions
  • Present ideas clearly and carefully in writing
  • Debate and criticise ideas and arguments in an even-handed fashion
  • Articulate and defend your own views regarding the issues the module concerns


The syllabus may vary from year to year. Topics typically include: - Inspiration vs. perspiration - Genius - Creativity and rationality - Aesthetic reasons

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: - Lectures - In-class discussion - One-on-one consultation with module co-ordinator Learning activities include: - Attending classes - Contribution to class discussion - Doing independent research for and writing assessed work

Wider reading or practice25
Completion of assessment task40
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Follow-up work20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Plato. Ion. 

Gaut, Berys (2012).  Creativity and Rationality. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. ,70 , pp. 259-270.

Kant, Immanuel (1790).  Critique of Judgement, sections 46-50. 


Assessment Strategy

For MA students taking this module, expectations will be significantly higher than those for year 3 undergraduate students attending the same lectures, and the assessment criteria will accordingly by stricter. In particular students will be required to demonstrate extremely high levels of detailed and accurate exposition, critical engagement, organisation and presentation, with scholarship that draws on appropriate primary literature.


Business case or Essay plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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