Philosophy Talk: The Mystery of Music | KALW

Philosophy Talk: The Mystery of Music

Mar 22, 2019

What does it mean to have good (or bad) taste in music?


Most of us listen to music on a regular basis, but we don't think much about how we listen. Moreover, when we disagree about music, we're usually happy to agree that we just have different personal tastes. But what if some of us just don't know how to listen to music properly? Are there objectively correct ways to listen to music, or is it up to the individuals how they listen? Are we worse off if we don't listen to music in certain ways? How might we become better listeners? What insights have philosophers had on these questions? John and Ken get in tune with Stanford musicologist Adrian Daub, co-author of The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism. Sunday 3/24 at 11 am and Tuesday 3/26 at 12 noon.