Category Archives: Aesthetics

What is Grotesque?

Aesthetics is an under-appreciated branch of philosophy. Usually discussed under the rubric of philosophy of art, aesthetics in its broad sense is the discussion of beauty–what it is and how it is perceived. Beauty is the positive side of aesthetics … Continue reading

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In Praise of Music Snobbery

Someone accused me of being a music “snob.” I think the intent was to insult me. The accusation is true and no, it doesn’t insult me. It is a good opportunity to explain my philosophy of music and why, yes, … Continue reading

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Beethoven and Philosophy

Many people are unaware of the fact that Beethoven’s tremendous musical innovation was in part influenced by the incredible innovation occurring in German philosophy at that time. A brief interview that appeared on The Philosopher’s Zone radio show gives some … Continue reading

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