Wagner and Philosophy
Richard Wagner (1813-1883) has long been considered one of the most obviously philosophical of the great artists in the European tradition. This is in recognition both of the way in which his work was particularly open to philosophical influences and of the extent to which it has in turn stimulated significant philosophical responses. We will start by evaluating the importance of Schopenhauer’s philosophy for Wagner, before considering the extent to which the music dramas can be understood as presenting their own distinctive philosophical ideas. There will be then be two different takes on philosophical approaches to Wagner, focusing on the most important and sustained instance of this in the work of Wagner’s one-time friend and colleague, Nietzsche, but also taking in twentieth-century responses from Adorno and others.
SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017
2.45pm Course Registration
3.00pm Wagner and Schopenhauer
4.30pm Tea / coffee
5.00pm Wagner and philosophy: a tale told by idiots?
6.30pm Break / bar open
8.15pm- Nietzsche and Wagner
9.30pm MEADE McCLOUGHAN
SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2017
8.15am Breakfast (residents only)
9.30am “Modernity’s most instructive case”: Nietzsche, Adorno vs. Tanner, Scruton
10.45am Coffee / tea
11.15am Q & A
Questions directed by MARIANNE TALBOT
12.30pm Break / bar open
2.00pm Course disperses
Adorno, T., In Search of Wagner (New Left Books, 1961)
Magee, B., Wagner and Philosophy (Penguin, 2001)
Tanner, M., Wagner (HarperCollins, 1996)
Scruton, R., The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung (Penguin 2016).
In 2018 Penguin will be publishing John Deathridge’s new translation of The Ring with an introduction by John.
Five BBC talks on “Wagner’s Philosophers” from May 2013, including one by John Deathridge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sl7fj/episodes/guide
There are excerpts from Bryan Magee’s book here: http://www.richardwagner.be/publicaties/Wagner%20and%20philosophy.pdf
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Dr Meade McCloughan
Meade McCloughan has been studying philosophy for 30 years and has taught at University College London and Birkbeck College London. He is on the organising group of the Marx and Philosophy Society.
Professor John Deathridge
John Deathridge is Emeritus King Edward Professor of Music, King’s College London. Before that he was Reader in Music at the University of Cambridge. He has taught at the Universities of Princeton and Chicago and continues to be active as a performer (he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists) and regular broadcaster. In 2002 he was elected a corresponding member of the American Musicological Society and was president of the Royal Musical Association 2005-2008.
Mr Jonathan Darnborough
Director of Studies
Jonathan Darnborough is Director of Studies in Music and Departmental Lecturer in Music at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. He is a composer and pianist and has worked in continuing education throughout his career.
Jonathan studied piano and composition at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He was a prizewinner in the 1992 Franco-Italian Music Competition in Paris and has performed in the USA, France, Holland, Italy and Indonesia. The Boston Globe has described him as having “a compositional voice that was unmistakably his own”. He is currently working on an opera based on Euripides’s Hecuba and writing an online course on musical analysis for Oxford.
He is the author of an online course, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Ms Marianne Talbot
Director of Studies
Marianne Talbot B.A., B.Phil., has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education since 2001. She has written several of Oxford’s popular short online courses on Philosophy, and her podcasts (notably on critical reasoning) have been downloaded over 5 million times. Marianne specialises in logic, ethics and the philosophy of mind. The topic of knowledge is her particular current interest.
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