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.
A 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.
Outdoor chairs filled up quickly as droves of graduates, professors, families and friends arrived on the Braniff Mall the morning of Sunday, May 12, to participate in the 59th annual Spring Commencement Ceremony in honor of UD’s new generation of Crusader alumni.
The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Executive Vice President John G. Plotts, Ed.D., as interim president of the university. Plotts joined the university in December of 2008, initially serving in the roles of associate provost and dean of undergraduate admissions.
"That's what our teaching, and all our talk about the reflective life, boils down to -- efforts to keep brilliance in our hearts, to remember the lightness that is native to our spirit," said 2018 Piper Professor Eileen Gregory, Ph.D, professor of English. The Piper Award honors 10 professors annually in Texas colleges and universities for outstanding achievements in their profession and is widely regarded as the most prestigious award of its kind in the state.