Music and Philosophy


Music and Philosophy: A Royal Musical Association Study Day in association with the British Society of Aesthetics

Saturday 20th February 2010

Department of Music, King’s College London

Keynote speakers:

Prof Mark Evan Bonds (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Prof Andrew Bowie (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Prof Julian Dodd (University of Manchester)


This study day will offer a chance for musicologists and philosophers to share and discuss work in the hope of fostering a dialogue between the two disciplines. Proposals of up to 500 words are invited for individual papers (20 minutes) and collaborative papers (up to 30 minutes). Collaboration between persons from different disciplines would be especially welcomed. Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):

- interactions between music and philosophy (including historical connections)

- ontology and music

- music, meaning, and language

- perception and expression

- performance, authenticity, and interpretation

Please send proposals by e-mail to Tomas McAuley ( or Dr Víctor Durà-Vilà ( Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to submit. The deadline for proposals is Friday 4th December 2009.