This fall, University of Kentucky Philosophy Professor Stefan Bird-Pollan will be leading a class that hopes to expand the ways in which students interact with film. In the course, PHI 300: The Philosophy of Film, students will examine the aesthetics of film from the early 20th century through the 1970s. Through this aesthetic exploration, Bird-Pollan hopes to expose the ways in which our relationships with films directly impact the way we relate to the rest of the world around us.
In this podcast, Bird-Pollan discusses how the class will address a broad range of films both domestic and foreign; the processes of film creation that shape our interaction with them; and how he hopes to use the class to move past the "I like it or don't" binary.
Art is something everyone has an opinion about, but it can be difficult to define. There will be a conference about philosophical takes on aesthetic expression, “Perspectives in the Philosophy of Art,” on March 30th & 31st. Stefan Bird-Pollan and Tim Sundell, assistant professors in the Department of Philosophy, are co-organizing the conference, which will help conclude a year of aesthetics courses offered by Bird-Pollan and Sundell. Four invited speakers will offer their perspectives on art in society, with graduate commentary to follow. The event is free and open to the public.