Articles about Philosophy

On Practice, Skill and Competition: A Pragmatist Theory of Action for Instrumental Music Education
Contributions to Music Education (2017) Vol. 42, No. 1

Practice, skill and competition are important aspects of participating in school bands and orchestras. However, writers have questioned their value. In this philosophical paper, I mine the writings of the American pragmatists–in particular, their theories of habit and experience –- ...

Another Darwinian Aesthetics
The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2016) Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 237-252

I offer a Darwinian perspective on the existence of aesthetic interests, tastes, preferences, and productions. It is distinguished from the approaches of Denis Dutton and Geoffrey Miller, drawing instead on Richard O. Prum's notion of biotic artworlds. The relevance of ...

Victim of your dreams: A review of negativity and melancology in black metal theory and the arts of Xasthur
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 189-198

The inherent criticisms presented by black metal and black metal theory demonstrate that the fallacies of ontology rest upon the illusion of coherent organization. This blackness consumes the human perspective and reveals a nothingness that penetrates all interpretations and purpose. ...

Letter from the Editor
Soundboard (2016) Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 3


Minister of Culture
Listen (2016) Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 48-55