226-0511/02 – Ethics and Aesthetics (EE)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of ArchitectureCredits4
Subject guarantordoc. Mgr. Marek Sibinský, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Mgr. Marek Sibinský, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFASTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
SIB0018 doc. Mgr. Marek Sibinský, Ph.D.
ZEM0106 Mgr. Tomáš Zemčík, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 2+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Expertise: - basic knowledge of the history of aesthetics - Basic overview of aesthetics and ethics - knowledge and awareness of the meaning of art - basic knowledge of the interpretation of a work of art - the ability to critically reflect the aesthetics of everyday life Professional skills: - ability to orientate in basic areas of beauty and art in key philosophical concepts of European history - the ability of systemic thinking about aesthetic problems and the ability to interpret original texts dealing with problems of beauty and art - the ability to reflect on aesthetics and ethics issues - the ability to distinguish art from kitsch

Teaching methods



Students will be able to get acquainted with the historical development of theoretical approaches to architecture and art. Great importance will be given to clarifying the aesthetic and ethical issues of art, architecture and urbanism. Analysis of issues from the field of aesthetics, kitsch, delimitation of art work, emblem, symbol and archetype in art, interpretation and evaluation of art work. The student defines the basic concepts of moral philosophy (ethics) and describes and compares various ethical theories. Students evaluate contemporary conflicting aesthetic and ethical topics, apply ethical attitudes to the field of so-called professional ethics (ethics of science, business, medical ethics).

Compulsory literature:

TATARKIEWICZ, W. Dějiny estetiky III. (Novoveká estetika). Tatran. Bratislava, 1991. TATARKIEWICZ, W. Dějiny estetiky I. (Staroveká estetika). Tatran. Bratislava, 1985. TATARKIEWICZ, W. Dějiny estetiky II. (Stredoveká estetika). Tatran. Bratislava, 1988. GILBERTOVÁ, K. E., KUHN, H. Dějiny estetiky. Praha 1965. Praha, 1965.

Recommended literature:

ECO, U. Dějiny krásy. Praha, Argo, 2005. ISBN 80-7203-677-7. ECO, U. Dějiny ošklivosti. Praha, Argo, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7203-893-0. Estetika na dlani. Olomouc: Rubico, 2002.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Final exam.


Other requirements

There are additional requirements for students.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Aesthetics, building aesthetics, historical development of aesthetics 2. Golden ratio, golden rectangle, golden triangle, golden spiral, Fibonacci sequence 3. Marcus | Vitruvius Pollo, Renaissance Aesthetics (Palladio, Alberti) 4. Formalistic and structuralist aesthetics 5. Psychological interpretations of art, myth and art, phenomenology, 6. Basic ethical concepts 7. Tradition of empirical ethics 8. Moral principle and free will, conscience and its interpretation 9. Norms, morality, virtue, happiness and the sense of ethical behavior 10. Relativization of ethical positions, new and contemporary ethical concepts 11. Analytical ethics 12. Ethics of science, business, economic ethics, ethics of an architect 13. Critical theory of society, automata, ethics of advertising, Kosík, Blažek 14. Summary, presentation of essays

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Examination Examination 100  51 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Lectures are not compulsory. Final exam.

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Passing the final exam.

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