How philosophy and music intertwine

François Noudelmann

French philosopher François Noudelmann took to the piano to demonstrate the intersection of philosophy and amateur music making, the subject of his new book, March 14 in A.D. White House.

Noudelmann, of Paris Diderot University and New York University and author of "The Philosopher's Touch," gave a talk and performed a four-handed Ravel piano piece with his friend Barbara Glissant, followed by a panel discussion about Noudelmann's book.

In his talk, Noudelmann stressed the contrast between the advanced intellectual tastes and interests of three thinkers, Sartre, Nietzsche and Barthes, and their deep devotion, in their daily piano playing, to romantic piano music, such as that of Chopin and Schumann.

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