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Philosophical Discussion on Music, from ontology to meaning

From: 2019-05-22 To:2019-05-22

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  • Thematic Lines

    Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
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    Reason, Politics & Society
    Mind, Language & Action
  • International research seminar

    22 May 2019 | 15h30-19h30 | Sala de Reuniões 2 (2nd floor)

    Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto

    Philosophical Discussion on Music, from ontology to meaning

    The first question that may come to the minds of those who, for the first time, stumble upon a stack of writings on the “philosophy of music” might, quite expectedly, be the following: “what is the philosophy of music?” A question that will unavoidably be bundled with this other one: “why does it matter?” And an answer to these will vary, with the same degree of expectedness, in accordance with the practitioner’s own view of what philosophy itself is. But whatever that may be, it will definitely include questions such as “what is music?”, “what is a musical work?”, “what kind of value does music hold for us?”, “can music represent non-musical things?”, “what does it mean to say that music is expressive of something?”, “what is it to listen to a musical sequence with understanding?”, etc., and so, provisionally, we can then say that “philosophy of music” is what happens when, somehow furnished with one or more questions of that kind, one endeavors to answer them.

    In this debate the contributors present their papers, recently published in the current issue of Filozofija i društvo (Philosophy and Society), a journal of the University of Belgrade. Three of the four contributions are about the ontology of music, and one is about the problem of whether music has meaning and, if it does, what kind of meaning is it and how it all comes to be so.


    Nemesio Garcia Carril Puy (Universidade de Granada)

    Una Popović (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Serbia)

    Vítor Guerreiro (Universidade do Porto)


    Image: Edward Burra, Newport Docks (1971)


    Organization: Vítor Guerreiro (IF / Petrus Hispanus Project)

    RGs: Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy - Mind, Language and Action Group
    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502

    Funding: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

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