MUSIC AND MORALITY: Peter Kivy’s discursive “weakness”: the problem of moral entanglement of music

Anna Chęćka-Gotkowicz 1
1 - Instytut Filozofii, Socjologii i Dziennikarstwa UG
2015; 16 (3):
ICID: 1186509
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
In my essay I provide a comprehensive view of Peter Kivy’s argumentation concerning
moral entanglement of music. According to him, absolute music has no impact whatsoever
on morality, which has been examined in three respects. First of all, music cannot
make people act in a moral way (behavioral moral force). Secondly, it cannot help people
to build a moral character (character building moral force). Finally, music has no power to
impart moral insights, even indirectly (epistemic moral force). Apart from that, however, Kivy seems to believe in the “mystery” of absolute music. As a listener, he wants to be told
that great music has a power to transform a heart.
DOI: 10.5604/20842937.1186509

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