General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Philosophy of Style
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Piotr Leśniewski, dr Katarzyna Gan-Krzywoszyńska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position University Professor, Assistant Professor
Faculty Faculty of Philosophy
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 22-PIE-PHS


TBA, Faculty of Philosophy, ul.Szamarzewskiego 89, room 105 building D.

First class will be organizational.

Module aim (aims)

  1. Promoting in participants dialogical attitude towards style.
  1. Making participants familiar with a contemporary theories of style in arts, philosophy and education.
  1. Approaching contemporary challenges in building creative spaces for style abundance.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Literature and Style: Philosophy as a story

Week 3: Style, dialogue and analogy

Week 4: Style as a human attribute and goal of life

Week 5: People as literary styles

Week 6: Signature and meaning-expressing conception of style vs. Susan Sontag on erotics of style

Week 7: Style as editing

Week 8: Styles of education part I

Week 9: Styles of education part II

Week 10: Style as integrity

Week 11: Creativity and attitude

Week 12: Abundance of styles

Week 13: Style as experimental technology of dialogical life

Week 14: Manifestations of dialogical concept pf style part I

Week 15: Manifestations of dialogical concept of style part II

Reading list

Camus Albert, "Rebellion and Style" ("Art and Revolt") excerpt from "The Rebel"

Gan-Krzywoszyńska, Katarzyna & Piotr Leśniewski,Styles of Education: Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz and Paulo Freire”, The Polish Journal of Aesthetics, No. 62 (3/2021), Special Issue “Styles of Discourse”. (Guest Editors: Ioannis Vandoulakis, Tatiana Denisova), pp. 87-101.

Gan-Krzywoszyńska, Katarzyna (2021) Freedom and Abundance: Dialogical Philosophy of Style, The Poznań Society of the Advancement of Art and Sciences, Poznań.

Genova, Judith, “The Significance of Style”, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 37, No. 3, (Spring 1979), pp. 315-324.

Nietzsche, Friedrich, “The Joyful Wisdom”, in: Oscar Levy (Ed), The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Vol. 10, transl. by Thomas Common, The Macmillan Company, New York 1924.

Sontag, Susan, “On Style” in: Against Interpretation, Picador 2013.