I am the organizer of Philosophy Meets: East and West, a Meetup group in New York City that hosts discussions on topics in analytic philosophy, Eastern philosophy and current affairs.
I also serve on the board of Gotham Philosophical Society, a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering public philosophical dialogue within the New York City community.
To be posted in January, 2018.
My former logic student, Jason Cutmore, gave a piano performance and a talk on music ontology.
Beyond the Marketplace Melting Pot: A Return to Meaningful Music Classification
Date: December 11, 2017. Time: 6:00-7:30 pm. Place: Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street, near Sixth Avenue and West 4th Street)
It has been said that there are not different types or categories of music, only good music and bad music. How can we know the difference between good and bad music however? Well, on some accounts, there are indeed different types (‘low’ vs ‘high’ art), some of which are by definition bad, others good. Yet, on other accounts, music is music – there are no essential differences in kind, and it is simply each listener’s favorable or unfavorable reaction to any given song or piece of music that decides its quality. In very broad strokes, these two contrasting orientations represent attitudes common in modernist and postmodernist theories, respectively. In the former, Western classical music was privileged (unjustly, in some respects) above all other kinds. However, the latter orientation, which is currently in fashion, seems to reduce all musical meaning and appraisal to little more than our own mental projections. In this presentation, a third, alternative way to identify musical types is proposed, one that seeks to illuminate meaningful musical distinctions in the natures and functions of three musical kinds (folk, mass, and art music), with some surprising results. A brief piano performance will precede the talk.
Jason Cutmore is a concert pianist, teacher, and the founder and director of the Canadian music festival, Alberta Pianofest. He has performed across much of North America, Europe, and India, and has published articles in peer review journals and trade magazines. Mr Cutmore lives in New York City, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center.
I read “Mystery of the Mirror” from Leonard Cohen and Philosophy: Various Positions at the Cornelia Street Cafe. (See below.) Leonard Cohen and Philosophy was recently reviewed in The Hopkins Review <https://muse.jhu.edu/article/615172> and in the CAML Review, the official publications of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries <http://caml.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/caml/article/view/40270>.
LEONARD COHEN AND PHILOSOPHY,