A symposium entitled “aesthetic philosophy: concepts and visions” in the college of Islamic sciences
Department of civilization and Islamic archaeology at the college of Islamic sciences, university of Baghdad organized a symposium entitled (aesthetic philosophy: concepts and visions) to determine the modern philosophical readings and to review their concepts worldwide. Prof. Dr. Akil Mahdi delivered lectures who is one of the most prominent Iraqi directors, Dr. Harith al-Khafaji, instructors specialized in aesthetics at the college of fine arts, university of Baghdad. The symposium came in the context of the cultural movement witnessed in the college of Islamic sciences, its openness to all that relates to contemporary culture that supports the cultural assets of the Islamic societies. Dr. Mehdi expressed his joy for this openness witnessed by the college, especially the theatrical culture, stressed that the university institutions should not be closed on itself, and the need for follow-up of the cultural life since it is renewing. The researcher dealt with the term (aesthetics) which is related to common sense, the concept of charity, human integration, existentialism and its circumstances. On his part, Dr. al-Khafaji spoke about contemporary philosophy and philosophy of science, urging the audience to absorb science and its technologies and to review the level of philosophy, science and knowledge. He noted that there is a great philosophy we can perceive with the other world and that every inventor has a particular writing, so there is a need for a a conscious recipient. After the lectures, a door was opened for interventions with the audience (intellectuals, professors and students), especially in the subject of the (philosophy of aesthetics in Qur’an). Researchers in aesthetics agreed that aesthetics is a critical thinking in culture, art and nature, as well as it is a unit of formal relations among things, perceived by the senses through taste of the artwork.