The course aims to actively transmit the basic knowledge, considered necessary to provide orientation in the disciplinary field of aesthetics: to achieve this, the first part of the lessons is dedicated to those figures who, since ancient times, have contributed to define the problematic and categorical landscape, subsequently, taken up and reworked by aesthetics in its eighteenth-century birth as an autonomous discipline. The teaching, within the limits allowed, will also take place through the reading of central passages, taken from the main works of the authors taken into consideration. The ultimate educational objective of the course is to guide the students in the study of a monographic theme, offering them, at the same time, insight regarding the current developments of the discipline. The topic chosen this year is based on the question relating to "aesthetic enjoyment", as set by Th. W. Adorno and H. R. Jauß between the 1960s and 1970s, in his attempt to elaborate an aesthetic theory that is up to the changes affecting the art world. To achieve the purpose of active learning, discussions of the featured contents will be encouraged by the students during the lessons.