LV-Nummer 3130 L 022
Gesamt-Lehrleistung 37,33 UE
Semester SoSe 2021
Ansprechpartner Gelfert, Axel
Verantwortlich Gelfert, Axel
Zugeordnet zu Technische Universität Berlin
Fakultät I
    ↳ Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte
        ↳ 31311100 FG Philosophie, mit dem Schwerpunkt theoretische Philosophie
Sprache Englisch

Termine (14)

Mi., 14.04.2021 - Mi., 14.07.2021 (wöchentlich)

12:00 Uhr - 14:00 Uhr

Keine Räume/Campus

37,33 UE
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12.04.2021 - 18.04.2021(SW 1)

Mo. 12.04.2021
Di. 13.04.2021
Mi. 14.04.2021
Reasons of art and aesthetics of science: Bridging epistemological concerns in philosophy of science and aesthetics
Ohne Ort
Do. 15.04.2021
Fr. 16.04.2021

Sánchez-Dorado, Julia; Gelfert, Axel

  • Mi. 12-14
  • Online
  • Beginn: 14.04.2021 

Knowledge has been the main focus of philosophy of science and has served as a distinctive difference with art, the philosophy of which has been most typically identified with beauty and the arousal of an emotional response. Unfortunately, this view has hindered the investigation of the epistemic achievements that the scientific and the artistic enterprises have in common. In this seminar, we take as starting point the thought that understanding, instead of knowledge, is the central epistemic aim of both science and art, drawing on the works of Goodman (1968) and Elgin (2017). This will allow us to discuss a variety of scientific achievements that do not (only) involve the acquisition of justified true beliefs, such as our learning from scientific models that include strong idealizations, metaphors, or narratives. It also serves to account for the ways in which artworks grant us epistemic access to the world through depiction and exemplification. More broadly, this seminar will address issues concerning the role of aesthetic values in science, the importance of creativity in the two domains, the distinction between different types of understanding (factive and non-factive; explanatory and objectual; knowing-how), and the methodological difficulties arising from an integrated view in aesthetics and philosophy of science.


  • Bueno, O. et al. Thinking about Science, reflecting on art. Bringing Aesthetics and Philosophy of Science together. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Goodman, N. (1968) Languages of Art. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1976.


  • BA-KulT Phil 3, 5
  • MA-TGWT PHIL 1, 3, 4
  • MA PHIL 1, 2, 3, 5