Music star Taylor Swift is currently on tour. There have been countless recent articles about her, her popularity, her shows, her music, her wealth, her interactions with other celebrities, and even her fans using an app to make fake audio clips of her talking. What has been missing from all this coverage? Philosophers. Until now. (more…)
“To refute a theory, but it’s my life that’s on the line…” (more…)
“Aristotle or Kant simply could not have thought about music this way.” (more…)
“Knowledge of the world relies / On what we can see / But experience implies / Nothing yet to be.”
“Why Science Needs Philosophy,” a multi-authored opinion piece published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), got a boost last Friday when rapper MC Hammer shared it with his 3.2 million followers on Twitter. (more…)
“What music made in the 20th/21st centuries directly inspired by philosophy is actually any good?” (more…)
Philosophy-themed music is not the most popular genre, but it shares a lot of the same features of any type of music. (more…)
You may know Daniel Groll, associate professor of philosophy at Carelton College, for his work in biomedical ethics. You may also know him as the singer for The Counterfactuals, an indie rock band that is 3/4 philosophers. (more…)
The following is a guest post* from Yann Benétreau-Dupin, a lecturer in philosophy at San Francisco State University, about an interesting and innovative response to the California State University system’s change to its general education requirements: a course on math and the arts, taught in the philosophy department. (more…)
It’s the latest dance, the best in town: / Grab a word like “epistemic”, then add a noun / Like “angst” or “insouciance” or “indulgence” or “greed” / If you want a paper topic that’s all you need! (more…)
Looking for some good music? There’s a new EP out from Olúfẹmi O. Táíwò, a philosopher who just earned his PhD at UCLA and is starting as an assistant professor at Georgetown University this fall. (more…)
Yesterday, Bob Dylan was selected as the 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Dylan is the first musician to win the award, and there has been controversy over the boundary redefining move, as well as reflection on the significance of his work. (more…)
The new, self-titled album by The Counterfactuals, a rock band that is 3/4 philosophers, has just been released. Below is a review of it by Michael Crawford, and below that is the opportunity to win some band merch.
HowTheLightGetsIn is an interesting and big (the biggest?) summer philosophy and music festival. It is taking place from May 26th to June 5th in Hay-on-Wye, and features talks, debates, and, of course, concerts. There are sessions on questions in epistemology, politics, mind, free will, ethics, the emotions, rationality, and more.
A bunch of philosophers and theo..
Dan Lloyd, Brownell Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College, thinks that “brain dynamics resemble the dynamics of music” and that “tools from cognitive musicology may therefore be useful in characterizing the brain as a dynamical system.” (more…)
Tender is the night
That sweeps us up in its folly
I left my keys on the kite
And my violin on the trolley
Violin and trolley? That’s no coincidence. I looked up the band and it turns out frontman Dan Bejar was a philosophy major before he drop..
HowTheLightGetsIn bills itself as “the world’s largest philosophy and music festival.” With 650 events, 370 acts, and 200 speakers on 9 stages over 11 days, it probably is. It takes place in the town of Hay-on-Wye, about 160 miles or so west of London. The schedule for the festival was recently released, and includes panels and debates with philosophers such as Sim..
The Voice is a popular televised singing competition on NBC. The finale of its sixth season aired last night, and the winner is Josh Kaufman, who took part in the competition while taking a break from pursuing his master’s degree in philosophy at Northern Illinois University. You can watch Mr. Kaufman talking about his philosophy studies here, and see him singing St..
“Rock and Roll Philosopher” Grant Maxwell has compiled a list of the top 15 philosophical songs. I suspect many philosophers would give this list the other kind of “R and R,” namely a revise and resubmit. Your suggested changes, folks? (Include links if you can.)