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Temple University (Philadelphia, PA 19122-6003)
Monroe C. Beardsley (Project Director: September 1970 to present)

Graduate Program in Aesthetics

Development of PhD program in aesthetics. ABSTRACT: Development of first PhD program in philosophy with emphasis on aesthetics, Philosophy of Art. Degree candidate to take balanced set of courses in philosophy with continuous advance study in problem of aesthetics-along with related areas such as literature, fine arts, experimental psychology-and write a dissertation under direction of leading aesthetician. New program to include visits from outstanding aestheticians and persons in public life whose responsibilities include problems with aesthetic dimensions (e.g., urban development); post-doctoral fellowships; publication of Aesthetic Abstracts, with brief summaries of important foreign and English-language papers on Aesthetics. Curriculum to stimulated cross-departmental communication and to combine study in aesthetics with study in humanities, social and natural sciences. Arts in highly confused and confusing state today, with diverse forms of experimentation, challenges to traditional and accepted assumptions about the social role of the arts, pessimism about their future. Art criticism lacks coherent, intelligible basic principles, a systematic aesthetic theory. Growing interest in aesthetics has resulted in shortage of qualified college teachers. Intense interest in quality of natural and urban environments, search for solutions to problems of rapid deterioration, also require trained personnel. Planning must not only be political, economic, technological, but also aesthetic. Funds for salaries, including three post-doctoral fellowships and five graduate research assistantships.

Project fields:
Philosophy, General

Institutional Planning and Development

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1970 – 8/31/1971