Philosophy 2023
Philosophy of Art
3:10-4:30 M W 218 Coates
Exam time: Wendesday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 P.M.
Instructor: Jon Cogburn
Instructor's Office: 105 Coates
Instructor's Office Hours: M,W 2:00-3:00
Instructor's e-mail: joncogburn@yahoo.com
Course's Purpose:
To learn and critically evaluate the main theories of art presented in the history of Western Philosophy.
All of the course readings are from articles provided by the professor and the following.
Noel Carrol, Philosophy of Art
Noel Carrol, Theories of Art Today
They are available at the LSU bookstore and reputable on-line booksellers (make sure they have them in stock before ordering from them).
Participation Grade: Students are required to participate constructively in class discussion. Each student will be able to miss twoclass periods with no effect on the final grade. For each absence after that, one point is deducted from the final grade. Note that no distinction is made between excused or unexcused absences, since this is a participation grade, not an attendence grade.
2 Exams: 30% each There will be two of these in class. Exam help will be distributed one week before each exam.
Short papers: 20% Of the twelve readings from Theories of Art Today, students will submit short (one to three page) essays on ten of their choice. The essays must make clear the overall conclusion of the reading assignment, explicate some significant argument within the assignment, and then raise an issue for that argument. These are to be turned in at the beginning of class the day in which the assingment is discussed. All must be stapled, double spaced, in 12 point Times or Times-New Roman font, have page numbers at the top right hand side, be such that there is no extra space between paragraphs, and have one inch margins. University of Chicago citational format must be followed (these are available free on line, e.g. here).
Final paper: 20% This is due in at the beginning of the exam time in the classroom. We'll discuss these in class. You must defend a limited thesis and make reference to contemporary literature in the philosophy of art (which can be found on web of science, J-Stor, and the Philosopher's Index- all accessible in the library and such that the reference librarians will help you with the search). Your paper should be around ten or so pages long. Same formatting and citational guidelines as above.
Office Hour Policy:
Students are strongly recommended to make use of the instructor's office hours throughout the semester. 
Time to Bail if Professor is Not in Class:
If, due to an emergency, the professor does not show up within fifteen minutes of the scheduled beginning of class (i.e. by 3:25), then just split. Please do not contact the office staff with questions on that day. You will be e-mailed.
Plagiarism and Cheating
The Dean of Students office defines plagiarism in this manner.
Plagiarism-plagiarism is defined as the unacknowledged inclusion, in work submitted for credit, of someone else's words, ideas, or data. When a student submits work for credit that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of this information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific footnote references, and, if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well. Failure to identify any source, published or unpublished, copyrighted or uncopyrighted, from which information, terms, phrases, or concepts have been taken, constitutes plagiarism. Students should also take special note that failure to acknowledge study aids such as Cliff's Notes, encyclopedias, or other common reference books, also constitutes plagiarism. Only universally available facts, e.g., the date of Abraham Lincoln's death or Washington's birthdate, are excluded from such documentation requirements. By placing his or her name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments;

Note: Cut and pasting off of web sites without proper citation constitutes plagiarism! For guidelines on how to cite material quoted from web pages, go to http://www.library.wwu.edu/ref/Refhome/chicago.html .
I will report any suspected instance of it to the Dean of Student's office. Anyone I suspect of cheating on in-class or at-home assignements will be reported to the Dean of Student's office.
Tentative Schedule:
Note:  This schedule is only tentative.  Students should have read and be ready to talk about the material for the class that day. Any changes will be announced in class, and then updated here on the site.


Week 1
Monday, Jan. 12 
Wednesday, Jan. 14
POA Introduction and Chapter 1
Week 2
Monday, Jan. 19
Martin Luther King holiday; no classes
Wednesday, Jan. 21
POA Introduction and Chapter 1
Week 3
Monday, Jan. 26
POA Chapter 2
Wednesday, Jan. 28
POA Chapter 2
Week 4
Monday, Feb. 2
Test Help for Exam I
POA Chapter 3
Wednesday, Feb. 4
POA Chapter 3
Week 5
Monday, Feb. 9
Exam 1
Wednesday, Feb. 11
POA Chapter 4 handout of class notes
Week 6
Monday, Feb. 16
POA Chapter 4 handout of class notes
Wednesday, Feb. 18
POA Chapter 5 handout of class notes
Week 7
Monday, Feb. 23
Mardi Gras holiday; no classes
Wednesday, Feb. 25
Test Help for Exam 2
Mardi Gras holiday; no classes
Week 8
Midsemester examination period
Monday, Mar. 2
POA Chapter 5 handouot of class notes
Wednesday, Mar. 4
Exam 2
Week 9
Monday, Mar. 9
Mar. 10 Midsemester grades due in Office of the University Registrar
Wednesday, Mar. 11
Week 10
Monday, Mar. 16
Wednesday, Mar. 18
Week 11
Monday, Mar. 23 
Wednesday, Mar. 25
Week 12
Monday, Mar. 30
Wednesday, Apr. 1
Week 13
Monday, Apr. 6
Spring Break; no classes
Wednesday, Apr. 8
Spring Break; no classes
Week 14
Monday, Apr. 13
Wednesday, Apr. 15
TOAT 10  
Week 15
Monday, Apr. 20
Wednesday, Apr. 22
Week 16--Final Exam Period
Final Exam Time: Wendesday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 P.M.

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