What is Cartesian Aesthetics (not Cartesian Rationalism) and how did/does it aff

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What is Cartesian Aesthetics (not Cartesian Rationalism) and how did/does it affect design? Use specific examples and explore how the concept of aesthetics is linked to that of truth.

Answer the above question in a short essay (introduction, body, conclusion). Your answer should be succinct and relevant to the question, being approximately 500 words in length. Reference notation will not count towards the total word count (bibliography/footnotes).

Journal Entry (25 points)

  • Timely Submission (1 point)
  • Strong and well organized thesis statement (2 points)
  • Presence of critical thinking and analysis – Correctly interpreting lecture material and integrating it into essay (10 points)
  • Use of at least two external citations from books, book chapters, or academic journals (5 points)
  • Use of first source material – original writing of the theorist/philosopher (2 points)
  • Quality of writing and organizational structure, grammar and spelling (5 points)

References will be in either MLA or Chicago style. The journal entry should build from the course material and is the major mechanism for determining the student’s retention and comprehension of the material.  References to the lecture material and a return to first source writings is necessary.  Relating the theme’s content to contemporary concerns is also required.

Truth: Plato’s Dualistic Metaphysics,
representation, imitation and knowledge of
Forms; Aristotle’s imitation and Causes;
Cartesian introduction of doubt as a tool
to determine absolute truth; the effect of
truth in terms of history, materiality,
representation and cultural expression in
the 19th and 20th centuries; communication
as current technological level and
expression of truth; image and the
alienation of human from context. 


Mitrović, Philosophy for Architects, 30-35, 43-
48, 72-75

Stamp, “How is it that there is no modern
style of architecture?” in Tracing Modernity,

Apollinaire, “from The Cubist Painters” in
Modernism, An Anthology of Sources and
Documents, 262-268

Venturi & Scott Brown, “Theory of Ugly
and Ordinary and Related and Contrary
Theories” from Learning from Las Vegas

Leach, “Saturation of the Image” in The
Anaesthetics of Architecture, 1-15 

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