Martin Goldray Lecture—Dewey and the Experience of Classical Music

January 30, 2018

A lecture given by music faculty member Martin Goldray. John Dewey's book, Art as Experience (1934), shows how art fits into his pragmatist philosophy, but it's a rather bewildering, if sometimes inspiring, account of art without more background into his thinking than he provides. This lecture addressed the relationship of art to pragmatism more generally, explored how performing and listening to classical music might be illuminated by this way of thinking, and showed how his ideas about art have resonated in the art world since his death in 1952.