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Department of Philosophy
Auburn Aesthetics Forum

The Auburn Aesthetics Forum sponsors conferences, speakers, panels and a reading group. We cover a variety of topics, including beauty, the philosophy of film, aesthetic testimony and the nature of artworks. Through our activities, we expose students, faculty and the community to some of the most prominent specialists in aesthetics today. 

The Southern Aesthetics Workshop, a regional meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, will be convening October 15 and 16, 2021, at Pebble Hill, from 9am to 5pm. The workshop will feature talks on philosophical aesthetics by nationally prominent scholars. The keynote address will be given by Xavier Vendrell, Professor of Architecture at Auburn University, on his work with Auburn’s renowned Rural Studio. A small registration fee is required for attendance.

We explore questions like:Auburn Aesthetics Forum Logo

"What is a work of art?"

"What role does beauty play in a good life?"

"Is there a connection between art and morality?"

"Can art be a vehicle of truth?" 


Our recent conference was on the topic of the philosophy of street art. Visiting artist Esteban Del Valle, a law professor and two philosophy professors discussed the intersection between philosophy, art and law.

Our events are free and open to the public. Check the calendar for upcoming events.