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ERIC Number: EJ1159073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Pragmatism, Praxis, and Naturalism: The Importance for Music Education of Intentionality and Consummatory Experience in Musical Praxes
Regelski, Thomas A.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v16 n2 p102-143 Oct 2017
The overlapping of pragmatic philosophy and the Aristotelian concept of praxis is explored with application to music and music education. John Dewey's philosophy of "Art as Experience" is contrasted with tacit aesthetic assumptions about music that music teachers often hold as a result of the aesthetic meme inherited from their university music studies. Praxis is then accounted for in terms of the conditions of consummatory experience shared with Dewey's pragmatism. The "ends-in-view" importance of consummatory experience to both pragmatism and praxis are examined in terms of the "intentionality" (individual and collective) analyzed by John Searle and further qualified by the "pragmatic realism" of Hilary Putnam. These philosophical implications are explored with conclusions for music education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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