Action Is the Way in Which Human Beings Exist in the World

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Conversation with Professor Hans Joas with Claus Otto Scharmer Reprinted from http://www.dialogonleadership.org by permission of professors Scharmer and Joas Hans Joas: The major underlying question I would say is that I try to understand human action in its creativity. I try to understand how we have to see social life and how we have to […]

Implications of Aesthetic versus Praxial Philosophies of Music for Curriculum Theory in Music Education

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Introduction At heart, curriculum is a matter of values. The most basic curricular thinking involves answering the question, What of all that can be taught is most worth teaching? In other words, there is always more to teach than time and resources permit and not all of what can be taught or learned is equally […]

What if there were no such thing as the aesthetic?

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The reach of the aesthetic ‘Art takes us out of ourselves‘ ‘All art is quite useless’ ‘Art is special’ Anything can be aesthetic Institutional theories of the aesthetic The exclusionary hypothesis Pragmatist Aesthetics? Functionalist theories of the aesthetic The fallacy of counter-aesthetics Implications? The unavoidability of overestimation What if there were no such thing as […]

Critical Theory and Praxis: Professionalizing Music Education

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Critical Theory is not just any philosophical critique. It is a prominent and well-grounded theoretical approach that stems from the “Frankfurt School” of social and political thinkers, philosophers, art critics, and psychologists early in this century in Germany. To thus distinguish Critical Theory from other species of critical social theory and from “critical thinking” in […]