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.
UD students not only read St. Augustine's Confessions in Rome, traveling to Ostia to marvel at the place in which, according to Book IX, St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica, had a joint mystical vision of God -- they also travel 4.4 miles from the Irving campus to read the text with residents of South Irving.
As you know if you’ve read even some of our first UD Reads book, "All the Light We Cannot See," it’s possible to build a radio from random, scavenged parts, as long as you can find the necessary random, scavenged parts, as Werner does in the book. This is also essentially what Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Physics Jacob Moldenhauer did as well: He scavenged parts from the Physics Department, and built a radio.
The University of Dallas Board of Trustees announced today that it has unanimously selected Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, to serve as the university's ninth president. The first alumnus of UD to be president, Hibbs has served as dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University since 2003.