This course explores a number of central themes in the philosophy of music, centered around the following questions:
- Is music a language?
- Is music a symbol?
- What is the relation between music and the emotions?
- What is the meaning of (pure instrumental) music?
- How can we understand the musical experience philosophically?
- What is (the philosophical importance of) the relation between music, politics and society?
- What is the philosophical motive behind the 'Historically Informed Performance' - movement?
- What is the ontological nature of the musical work?
- How do Schopenhauer's and Nietzsche's views on music differ?
- What is the relation between music and time?
- What is the philosophical importance of Wagner?
- What is the role of music in film?
Answers to these questions are sought by reading historical and contemporary core texts of the philosophy of music.