If There's No Music Up in Heaven Then What's it For?

Music as a Vehicle for Philosophical Thought

  • Gabriel Tugendstein


In this article, I advocate in favor of music as a method of conveying philosophical thought, in the process defending subjective, non-verbal feeling as a component of true philosophical discussion. I first invoke the Kierkegaardian concepts of subjective truth and the musical-erotic to support my position, then show how such a method could be employed through a case study of the Arcade Fire song “Here Comes The Night Time.” Finally, I confront and disarm the potential accusation that this method would over-intellectualize music through excessive interpretation, removing the erotic nature that empowers it.

How to Cite
Tugendstein, G. (2020). If There’s No Music Up in Heaven Then What’s it For? Music as a Vehicle for Philosophical Thought. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 13(1), 142-153. https://doi.org/10.33043/S.13.1.142-153