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Philosophy Program presents

The Philosophy Program presents

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Alessandra Brusadin   PhD candidate in Philosophy, University of Padova Italy, and current Bard Research Scholar in Residence   

"Understanding Music in its Context: Wittgenstein's Criticism of a 'Science of Aesthetics'" 

Is it possible for aesthetics to be a science? Can empirical methods provide an explanation for our aesthetic judgments? The possibility of a 'science of aesthetics' is one of the focuses of Wittgenstein's Lectures on Aesthetics (1938). In this talk,I will discuss aspects of our understanding of music in light of Wittgenstein's non-psychologistic view of aesthetics. Specifically, I will address the connection between our psychological or neural processes and the context of our experience of music.

Time: 4:45 pm

Location: Olin, Room 201