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The Philosophy of Music
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Andrew Kania, Trinity University
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Philosophy of music is the study of fundamental questions about the nature of music and our experience of it. Like any ‘philosophy of X’, it presupposes a knowledge of its target area of study. 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 quickly grasp the philosophical questions music raises, they tend to have thought about some of those questions before encountering the academic discipline itself.
Edward N. Zalta
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Kania, A. (2012). The philosophy of music. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Fall 2012 ed.). Retrieved from