Philosophy of music

Course Code :1080FLWFID
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Bi-anuall course:Taught in academic years starting in an odd year
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Credit required to obtain degree: Credit required: Yes
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Marlies De Munck

3. Course contents *

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.