Reflexions concerning Ancient and Modern Philosophy of Music


In this article, the author refers to some of the main fields of research within the Ancient philosophy of music, and stresses that these philosophies do not have to be studied solely from a historical perspective. Many insights of the various Ancient philosophies of music have the potential for being of the utmost relevance for many contemporary reflections. This insight could be of particular importance for developing a detailed contemporary account of the relevance of the numerical ratios which have been upheld in the Pythagorean-Platonic tradition. The author argues that the various philosophers of this tradition had put forward poignant and correct insights, even though it is doubtful whether their explanations have always been the most plausible ones.



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Stefan Lorenz SorgnerJohn Cabot University in Rome


Orbis Idearum Volume 5, Issue 2 (2017), pp. 9-21
Orbis Idearum