Music and Philosophy

Theme and Variations: New Perspectives in Music History

The discipline of philosophy is an old and revered one. The earliest philosophers contemplated every aspect of our existence, always attempting to come to some better understanding of it. Gradually, their questions began to be taken up by others, specialists concerned with just one aspect of our existence. Thus, the nature of the world moved from the philosophy of metaphysics to the discipline of science. This is not to say that philosophers ceased to ponder our world, or indeed even how we do science, but merely to point out that questions about science may be asked separately and without stopping the people who do science. This is a significant point for our topic only to remind ourselves that people have been creating and listening to music for almost as long as there have been people, quite aside from anyone philosophizing about said music.

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