Philosophers tend to assume that music is a matter of sounds. It is commonly thought that musical experience is a special, rarefied kind of auditory experience. That music involves hearing is obvious, of course — but I think it involves much more than that.
I recently completed a PhD at the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, studying under the supervision of Ian Cross. In my dissertation, I argue that musical experience constitutes a rich (and relatively untapped) resource for the philosophy of mind. The philosophy of perception, for instance, could benefit from the insights emerging from music psychology. But it’s not a one-way street. Empirical research in music cognition would also benefit from philosophical input: there are some conceptual confusions in music psychology, toward the clarification of which philosophers could, and should, contribute. I plan to continue exploring the resonances between music and philosophy at NYU, where I am embarking on a second PhD, this time in philosophy.
On this site, you’ll find details of my recent and upcoming talks, along with my contact details, my CV, and some drafts of current works in progress. You’ll also find my blog, ‘Forgive Us Our Synths’, in which I elaborate some of my informal thoughts about music.