Philosophy

Essays I wrote in my Bachelors degree in Philosophy.

Rap is Art

“Despite some notable exceptions, popular art has not been popular with philosophers and theorists of culture, at least not in their professional moments.  Repeatedly vilified as mindless, tasteless trash, devoid of any worthwhile form or content, it is still more viciously denounced as an addictive and stupefying narcotic of escape which manipulates its audience for … Continue reading »

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Authorship’s importance to Society

In my paper on Plato and cosmology, I discuss Plato as representative of a genius that arises every few generations.  This very notion of the author as a genius or as a creative power is what Foucault challenges through his article “What is an Author?” The title provocatively challenges the reader as though any common … Continue reading »

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Genius and Gender

“Why are there no great women artists?” is a perplexing question consisting of several layers which Linda Nochlin and Christine Battersby attempt to dissect by evaluating the subjects of genius and gender.   In their evaluation, these feminist authors mostly agree that women have historically been oppressed by prominent institutions and authorities who determine what constitutes … Continue reading »

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Man vs. Social Contract

Why do people enjoy tragedy and horror?  This is an old question to which various philosophers have given responses.  The answers which I particularly found intriguing were by Noel Carroll and Dr. Freeland, though Dr. Freeland’s answer was the best among the assigned readings.  Still, although I appreciate Dr. Freeland’s position, I find the best … Continue reading »

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Art and the Aesthetic

In several art logs prior to this paper I have discussed the role of art forms that are not necessarily “aesthetically” pleasing.  Continuing with these thoughts of exploring art as something more than aesthetic, I will discuss some of my ideas, as well as definitions and perspectives on art from various academic sources. The discussion … Continue reading »

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