Modern Philosophy Seminar IV: Hammam Aldouri

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery

Introduction to Modern Philosophy
Seminar IV: Friedrich Schiller's On the Aesthetic Education of Man – Part 2
By guest lecturer Hammam Aldouri, PhD Candidate, CRMEP Kingston, London

This seminar will build directly on the issues raised in the first part of the Schiller’s Aesthetic Education discussed in the last seminar (letters 1-17) – which is to say, the specifically philosophical orientation of Schiller’s concept of man, his relation to himself and, more importantly, his capacity to realize himself through what he does.

The highest expression of this self-realization is, according to Schiller, the work of art. In this seminar, we will discuss more directly the way in which Schiller conceives of the work of art and its relation to its consequences and capacities. Thus, the central category we will be discussing is that of “semblance”/“appearance.”

From this we will ask the following: what appears in the work of art? What kind of appearance is the work of art (that is, in relation to other things that appear)? What is the relationship between artistic appearance and “truth” (is it mere “illusion” or mere “imitation”)? And importantly: what are the socio-political effects of artistic appearances (if art is orientated by the attempt to “build true political freedom”)?

No prior knowledge of Schiller or philosophy is required (please note that the reading of the Schiller is advisable but not necessary). Students of fine art and practicing artists are especially encouraged to attend.  

All are welcome.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Hammam Aldouri at

Anderson Hall
333 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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