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.
The university mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Jack Towne, Ph.D. (April 23, 1927 - July 8, 2019), who passed away in his Irving home at age 92. He had a long, celebrated career in education, culminating in his roles at UD.
July 1 marked an era of new beginnings at the University of Dallas as Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, stepped into the limelight as the university’s ninth and first alumnus president. And his early morning arrival on UD’s Irving campus denoted a full-circle homecoming for the former Holy Trinity seminarian.
On July 9, President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, along with Alex and Martha Galbraith, parents of alumna Alison Galbraith, BA '12, signed the C.W. Eaker Scholarship Fund for Chemistry/Biochemistry at UD. The endowed scholarship is the first to be received by Hibbs since his presidency began on July 1; it honors longtime and much-loved chemistry professor C.W. Eaker, Ph.D., who served UD with distinction for over 40 years, first as a faculty member, then as dean of Constantin College and finally as provost of the university.