Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Volume 13, April 2020

Gabriel Tugendstein
Pages 142-152

If There’s No Music Up in Heaven Then What’s It For?
Music as a Vehicle for Philosophical Thought

In this article, I advocate in favor of music as a method of conveying philosophical thought, in the process defending subjective, non-verbal feeling as a component of true philosophical discussion. I first invoke the Kierkegaardian concepts of subjective truth and the musical-erotic to support my position, then show how such a method could be employed through a case study of the Arcade Fire song “Here Comes The Night Time.” Finally, I confront and disarm the potential accusation that this method would over-intellectualize music through excessive interpretation, removing the erotic nature that empowers it.