The Philosophy of Music

[Revised entry by Andrew Kania on July 11, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Philosophy of music is the study of fundamental questions about the nature and value of music and our
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[Revised entry by Andrew Kania on July 11, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Philosophy of music is the study of fundamental questions about the nature and value of music and our experience of it. Like any "philosophy of X", it presupposes knowledge of its target. However, unlike philosophy of science, say, the target of philosophy of music is a practice most people have a significant background in, merely as a result of being members of a musical culture. Music plays a central role in many people's lives. Thus, as with the central questions of metaphysics and epistemology, not only can most people...

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