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Philosophical Reflections on Music

Sixth Annual Philosophy Senior Conference


Originally, the term “music” had a broader meaning than it does today and referred to “any human art over which the nine Muses presided” (Lehner: New Catholic Encyclopedia). Over time it acquired a more narrow meaning, signifying the artful arrangement of sounds into melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic patterns and structures and even compositional wholes. This year's cohort of philosophy seniors learned to dwell with music philosophically by acquainting themselves with some of the basic categories, vocabularies, and subject matters associated with the study of the philosophy of music. For example, they studied the Greek view of music as imitation (mimesis), which was first set forth by Plato and then taken up by Aristotle, the Neoplatonists, and Augustine. They also studied music as idea, which is reflective of the modern period and is associated with the views of Kant, Schiller, and Hegel. In addition, they examined contemporary philosophical reflections on music as experienced or the phenomenology of music (Gadamer) and music as a social and political force (Adorno). Complete schedule here.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, March, 25, in SB Hall’s Serafy Room (9:30 am-4 pm) for a day devoted to extended dialogue on the philosophy of music. Please come to celebrate and support our seniors as they present the fruit of their labors at the Sixth Annual Philosophy Senior Conference! You won't be disappointed.


Philosophy Colloquium

StudentsA weekly forum for discussing provocative topics. Meets most Fridays during the semester.
The Philosophy Colloquium (PHI 2141) is a one-credit, pass-fail course featuring twelve UD thinkers and zero tests.
Topics, speakers, dates here.


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UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

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Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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