Philosophy of Arts and Music (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Markus Georg Ophaelders
Markus Georg Ophaelders
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IIA dal Feb 27, 2017 al Apr 22, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 4:50 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4  
Tuesday 2:20 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4  

Learning outcomes


The course intends to deepen the conceptual, methodological and cultural instruments necessary in order to analyse and interpret a art works. The course also aims at the understanding of the logics and the conceptual structures and at the capacity to use a precise and adequate language; thus, it intends to make the students acquire the competences to form autonomously a critical judgement and to express it adequately.


The metaphor of a "death of art", commonly attributed to Hegel, or, more precisely, the fact that art would be a definitely past phenomenon, that would no longer have a right to live, not only forces our contemporaries, but already the contemporaries of Hegel to cope with an inescapable problem: the more modernity tries to expel the art the more it feels its need. The German Romantics tried to put this problem and, sometimes, even to give answers. During the course we will try to illuminate this issue by focusing in particular on the concept of irony as it has been worked out by Solger an as it is used by Benjamin in order to build up an interpretation of German Romanticism no longer dominated by the Hegelian verdict.


- Walter Benjamin, Il concetto di critica nel romanticismo tedesco, Einaudi, Torino 1982, pp. 4-116.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, L’Arte nell’Enciclopedia, a cura di Alberto L. Siani, ETS, Pisa 2009.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Due Scritti berlinesi, a cura di Giovanna Pinna, Liguori Editore, Napoli 1990, pp. 45-111.

One of the following:
- Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand Solger, Lezioni di Estetica, a cura di Giovanna Pinna, Aesthetica, Palermo 1995, pp. 29-181.
- Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand Solger, Erwin. Quattro dialoghi sul Bello e sull'Arte, a cura di Marco Ravera, Morcelliana, Brescia 2004.

- Markus Ophälders, Dialettica dell'Ironia romantica, Mimesis, Milano 2016, pp. 11-86 e 94-134.

For further studies:
- Peter Szondi, Poetica e Filosofia della Storia, a cura di Roberto Gilodi e Federico Vercellone, Einaudi, Torino 2001, pp. 179-381.
- Paolo D'Angelo, L'Estetica del Romanticismo, il Mulino, Bologna 1997.


The didactic methods adopted are not distinct between attending and non-attending students. They consist of frontal lessons and collective discussions devoted to the transmission and critical examination of concepts and structures of thinking and reflection and their respective application tools to implement theoretical notions in the direction of autonomous critical judgment.
Throughout the academic year, the teacher also holds a regular individual Reception at the times indicated on his page (without having to set a specific appointment). However, it is recommended that you consult the messages to be informed of any changes. During the first lesson, attending students will receive the full lesson schedule with the dates and topics discussed. Information on timetables and classrooms is also provided.
The content of books and lessons is adhering to the program.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Markus Ophälders Dialettica dell'Ironia romantica Mimesis 2016 pp. 11-86 e 94-134.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Due Scritti berlinesi Liguori Editore 1990 pp. 45-111.
Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand Solger Erwin. Quattro dialoghi sul Bello e sull'Arte Morcelliana 2004 Tra i due libri di Solger va scelto uno.
Walter Benjamin Il concetto di critica nel romanticismo tedesco Einaudi 1982 pp. 4-116.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel L’Arte nell’Enciclopedia ETS 2009
Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand Solger Lezioni di Estetica Aesthetica 1995 pp. 29-181. Tra i due libri di Solger va scelto uno.

Assessment methods and criteria


The assessment of the learning outcomes involves an oral test, during which the issues discussed during the course and studied in the texts will be developed. The exam aims at ensuring knowledge of the topics under discussion and the ability to apply the concepts and logical methodologies to the various issues proposed.

This indivisible oral test is about the whole program; it consists of an interview with the teacher and tries to verify:
- the depth and breadth of the knowledge gained;
- the property of language;
- the ability to systematically connect knowledge;
- analytical and argumentative ability.

The vote is expressed in marks from 18 to 30/30.

ERASMUS students are requested to contact the teacher at the beginning of the courses to agree together the teaching methods and the assessment tests.