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Philosophy of Music

Code: FM01     Acronym: FM

Classification Keyword
CNAEF Teacher training for specific disciplinary areas

Instance: 2019/2020 - SP (of 12-10-2019 to 14-12-2019)

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Philosophy
Course/CS Responsible: Philosophy of Music

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
EC_FM 0 Study Plan 1 - 4 40 40

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 0,00

Teaching language



The course has, as main objectives, to familiarize trainees with the debates in Music Philosophy, with a special focus on 4 main topics of central discussion, enlarging the comprehension of the problems that arise, and to promote contact with a small indispensable part of the literature in recent Philosophy of Music.

Learning outcomes and competences

1. Know how to characterize the Music Philosophy as a subdomain of Aesthetics and Philosophy.
2. Master the central concepts that structure the debates in Music Philosophy.
3. Identify the main problems and theories under discussion.
4. Identify the central authors for each of the topics under discussion.
5. Critically analyze the arguments presented by each author in confrontation on the topics studied.
6. Discuss objections raised to each proposal by other philosophers.
7. Try to imagine alternative solutions to those presented and defend them.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Be a teacher or student of philosophy, music, or the arts or holding a high school course.


1. What is the Philosophy of Music?
2. Problem in defining the concept of music.
3. Problem of the ontology of musical works.
4. Problem of the connection between music and emotions.
5. Problem of musical understanding.


Mandatory literature

Guerreiro, Vítor; Filosofia da Música, uma antologia, Lisboa, Dinalivro, 2014
Kania, Andrew; The Philosophy of Music, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Kivy, Peter; Introduction to a Philosophy of Music, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004
Kivy, Peter; Filosofia da Música (trad. Vítor Guerreiro)

Teaching methods and learning activities

The course methodology consists of theoretical-practical classroom sessions of reading, analysis and discussion of texts, accompanied by slide presentations with the systematization of theories and arguments.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 30,00
Total: 30,00

Eligibility for exams

75% de presenças

Calculation formula of final grade

Participation - 30%
Attendance - 10%
Final work - 60%

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