PHI 325 Philosophy of Music
For millennia music has been attributed with the capability of expressing emotions and of sharing insight into the human condition. It was believed that, as a universal phenomenon, the human mind could interpret music and comprehend the harmony inherent in the whole universe. In the Middle Ages, music held an indispensable role not just found in monastery singing but in philosophy and theology as well. Can music, as Plato suggested, give us a glimpse into the cosmos and the world of the ideals? What value can music possess that can benefit humanity? These topics have been tackled by some of the greatest minds including Pythagoras, Aristotle, Boethius and Schopenhauer. The student will confront these and other fascinating subjects by being introduced to different music philosophies such as Formalism, Expressionism and Symbolism, and will benefit from the exposure to diverse music pieces and thus complement the musical perception experience. Music will also be perceived from the point of view of religion, social philosophy, aesthetics and Postmodernism.
· The Philosophy of Music: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/music/
Professor Juan Hernandez
I enjoy teaching at the University of Philosophical Research because of the universal approach it has to learning and the plethora of inspirations it extracts from. I believe it is this type of scholarship that allows a more holistic human development.
At UPR, ideas and discussions are at the brink of becoming important theories and/or realities, and the students, along with the professors are in the middle of it all, in the middle of discovery, in the middle of impending knowledge.
Being able to teach Philosophy of Music at UPR, for instance, allows me to share with students my passion for music and aesthetics. More importantly, however, it allows them to explore the human experience through music and, with the introduction of existing schools of thought, influences them to create their own philosophy and worldview.