MUS 5661: Philosophy of Music
Course Description for Philosophy of Music
Philosophy of Music
Description: This course introduces students to the variety of philosophical perspectives that have enhanced our understanding of the phenomenon of music. The identity of "music" is explored in light of different cultural, social, and aesthetic contexts. We focus on the linguistic character of music as a symbol form, the source and nature of emotional experiences through music, the cultural and social contexts of music production and reception, and the normative question of how to evaluate musical products and performances. The course offers original insights into music, while teaching basic theoretical insights of linguistic, social-psychological, and cultural philosophy.