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

Music as a Vehicle for Philosophical Thought

  • Gabriel Tugendstein

Abstract

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.

Published
2020-04-14
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.13.142-153
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