Interactions between science and art and philosophical focus is the notion of “representation”, conceived as a crucial common link between scientific and artistic visual practices.
This module explores the interactions between science and art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Its philosophical focus is the notion of "representation", conceived as a crucial common link between scientific and artistic visual practices. Integrating the history and philosophy of scientific and artistic representations, the course will address a broad range of issues. These will include questions on the nature and role of visual representations in scientific and artistic practice, what counts as "objective" and "accurate" representation, when and how images count as "evidence", and whether the relations between science and modernism contribute to overturn the common sense view that "art invents, science discovers".
By the end of the course, students will have acquired the necessary analytical and interpretative tools to engage critically with a broad range of visual materials and to establish interdisciplinary parallels between representations in science and in the visual arts.
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