MUSIC AND MORALITY: Towards modern kalokagathia

Krzysztof Lipka 1
1 - Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina, sekretarz Katedry Nauk Humanistycznych
2015; 16 (3):
ICID: 1186520
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
The ethical problems of music should be divided into two layers. The outer layer of music
ethics (1) concerns interdisciplinary aspects and, more specifically, relations between music
and other areas of culture and civilization. This complex layer may be explored in order
to find answers to questions regarding the problem of the negative ethical content of contemporary
culture influencing the realm of music. Regarding the commonly understood
characteristic tendencies in social life, this category of problems does not, in fact, relate
to music. Contrary, the inner layer of music ethics (2) concerns the autonomous music:
this is a kind of music which has no contact with non-musical content. It seems that the
emotional response which occurs much more often in music listeners than in people experiencing
other forms of art suggests the presence of ethical elements in the very core of
autonomic music. Will, the practical force which according to Schopenhauer is directly
represented in music, may be considered while analyzing this yet unexplored problem.
The unique ethical status of music intrigued a number of twentieth-century philosophers,
including T.W. Adorno, E. Bloch, E. Cioran, N. Hartmann, and K.R. Popper. Their numerous
comments may be regarded as a call for the Platonic reuniting of music with beauty,
good, and truth.
DOI: 10.5604/20842937.1186520

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