Bentham and the Arts
The seminar series will consider the sceptical
challenge presented by Jeremy Bentham’s hedonistic utilitarianism to the
existence of the aesthetic, as represented in the oft-quoted statement
that, ‘Prejudice apart, the game of push-pin is of equal value with the
arts and sciences of music and poetry. If the game of push-pin furnish
more pleasure, it is more valuable than either.’ This statement is one part of a complex set of arguments on culture, taste, and utility that Bentham pursued over his lifetime, in which sensations of pleasure and pain were opposed to aesthetic sensibility.
Hosted by the Bentham Project and Faculty of Laws, University College London and the University of the Arts, London
Sponsored by UCL Faculty of Laws; UCL Bentham Project; and the International Society for Utilitarian Studies (ISUS)
Co convenors: Anthony Julius (UCL); Malcolm Quinn (UAL); Philip Schofield (UCL)
All seminars take place on Tuesday evenings, at 6.00 pm, at UCL. All are welcome.
The titles below are indicative.
|30 January 2018||BENTHAM SYMPOSIUM. Bentham’s Challenge to Aesthetics: Benjamin Bourcier (Catholic University of Lille); Malcolm Quinn (University of the Arts, London); Philip Schofield (UCL)|
|20 February 2018||Anthony Julius (UCL): Bentham, Censorship, and the Arts|
|6 March 2018||Stella Sandford (Kingston): Freud and Bentham: Sexuality and Culture|
|20 March 2018||Tim Milnes (Edinburgh): Bentham, Romanticism, and the Arts|
|1 May 2018||Frances Ferguson (Chicago): Bentham, Modernity, and the Arts|
|22 May 2018||Emmanuelle de Champs (Cergy-Pointoise): tbc|
|5 June 2018||Fran Cottell (University of the Arts London) and Marianne Mueller (Architectural Association): The Panopticon and the Art School|
|19 June 2018||Carolyn Shapiro (Falmouth): The Image of Bentham|
For enquiries please contact Phil Baker, UCL Laws: firstname.lastname@example.org (020 3108 8480).