Professor Berys Gaut at SAF

The Scottish Aesthetics Forum is delighted to announce its third lecture:

Professor Berys Gaut (St Andrews)

Cinematic Art and Technology

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015, 4:15 – 6:00pm

Dugald Stewart Building, 3.10-3.11,

University of Edinburgh


The lecture is free and open to all!

Abstract: “Cinema was born as technology and rapidly grew into an art. What is the relation of its artistic to its technological properties? In this paper I develop an argument to show that the proper artistic appreciation of cinematic artworks is partly dependent on their technological features. I also illustrate and defend this claim by comparing how digital films can solve certain filmmaking problems with how non-digital films can do so. I then discuss whether the argument shows that digital films are, other things equal, lesser artistic achievements than are non-digital ones.”

About the speaker: Berys Gaut is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, President of the British Society of Aesthetics, and an Editorial Consultant to the British Journal of Aesthetics. His research interests and publications span both aesthetics and moral theory, and especially the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, the philosophy of film and film theory, and the philosophy of creativity. He is the author of two monographs, Art, Emotion and Ethics (OUP 2007) and A Philosophy of Cinematic Art (CUP 2010), and is currently working on a new one, Exploring Creativity: A Philosophical Inquiry.

 Additional information: The lecture will be followed by a dinner with our speaker. If you would like to attend the dinner, please contact the organisers by Friday, 17th April. There are limited funds to cover dinner expenses for two students, which will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

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SAF is generously supported by the British Society of Aesthetics and the Scots Philosophical Association.

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Open to all, this is the second in a series of lectures by the newly formed Scottish Aesthetics Forum. You can find more information and upcoming lectures here.

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Professor Dom Lopes  will be giving a lecture on ‘Aesthetic Agency and Value’ on Weds 11th February at the University of Edinburgh (Dugald Stewart Building, 3.11). I highly recommend it!

Open to all, this is the first in a series of lectures by the newly formed Scottish Aesthetics Forum. You can find more information and upcoming lectures here.


Just returned from our field course to North Uist – wonderful students, sunny weather (!), good birding, and a trip to the St Kilda archipelago.