Aristotle and Aristoxenus on the Science of Harmonics | Dominican University College

In this seminar, we will study Aristotle's Analytics and Metaphysics to determine the criteria of what consists of a science. Aristoxenus uses these criteria to brilliantly develop of a science of harmonics in his book, Harmonics. We shall study the three chapters that consist of this book, including the enigmatic reference to Plato's oral presentation "On the Good" and its implications on the science of harmonics. We shall also explore the philosophical problem of how Aristoxenus defends the claim that mathematical reasoning judges the intelligence of music, all the while claiming that he is not drawing on the Pythagorean tradition. It is an aporia in Aristoxenus' work that must be explored. Finally, we shall also discuss Medieval and Modern views of Music, in light of ancient and modern astronomers, who speak about the Music of the Spheres.

Credits: 
3
Language: 
English
Faculty: 
Philosophy
Professor: 
Semester: 
Fall
Time: 
Thursday, 1:30-4:20 p.m.
Room Number: 
202
Academic Year: 
2018-19
Level: 
Graduate
Course Code: 
DPHY 5228-6228
Program: 
Doctorate in Philosophy
Master of Arts in Philosophy