SOPhiA 2020

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programm - Vortrag

The Philosophy of Bands
(Angegliederter Workshop, English)

There is growing interest in the philosophy of popular music (for an overview, see the articles collected in Gracyk & Kania 2011), the metaphysics of sounds (see, especially, Nudds & O'Callaghan 2009) and also growing interest the metaphysics of social groups (cp. Jansen 2017, Ritchie 2015). Surprisingly, however, there is as yet only little work on the intersection of these topics: the metaphysics of bands (although see Bremer & Cohnitz 2009, Bondarchuk 2013, and Terrone 2017). This is an unfortunate lapse, and for several reasons.

1. One obvious, although rather specific reasons for examining bands is that, from early on, they are an integral part of Rock & Pop. It seems clear that the ultimate book on Rock & Pop will have to include a chapter (or two) on solo-artists (including singer-songwriters, crooners and so on), and also a chapter on the groups behind the bands (there are producers, sound engineers, fans and record companies etc.), but it is woefully incomplete without focusing -- above all-- on creative cells like, well, The Beatles and The Stones. One could go as far as saying that the history of Rock & Pop is built from bands.
2. A more general reason comes from metaphysics broadly construed. The most prominent topic in this area concerns the continuity of bands (see Bremer & Cohnitz 2009 on Metallica and Bondarchuk 2013 on Black Sabbath). How do bands continue (to be bands)? And how do bands continue despite of adding keyboard-players, firing singers, replacing drummers, and so on? Which, if any, are the metaphysical presuppositions of band-continuity? And how do bands differ in this regard from solo artists, Jazz combos and orchestras? Could one argue for metaphysical nuances between different types of bands (and distinguish e.g. between rock and pop groups)? Etc.
3. Another reason for studying the metaphysics of bands is didactic. We can learn something from investigating the nature of bands. What we take home from examining the nature of such group entities should naturally carry over to other (and perhaps more important) groups, including other social groups.

In this workshop, we shall have a first look at the ontology of bands; examining what kind of things bands are, how they make it through time and what distinguishes them from other group entities, including theatrical groups, sport teams, philosophy departments and so on.

List of Speakers.

1. Daniel Cohnitz (Utrecht): Is it Still Metallica? On the Identity of Rock Bands Over Time

2. Ludger Janssen (Passau/Rostock): The Will to Gig and The Ontology of Music Groups

3. Thorben Petersen (Bremen): Listen to the Band: a neo-Aristotelian Contribution to the Ontology of Social Groups)

4. Enrico Terrone (Barcelona): The Ship of Theseus: Social Individuals and Mental Files

5. Julia Zimmerman (Siegen): Rock?n?Roll Metaphysicians!


Bondarchuk, James 2013: It's Not Sabbath Unless Ozzy's the Singer. In: Irwin, William: Black Sabbath and Philosophy. Mastering Reality. (Wiley)
Bremer, Manuel & Cohnitz, Daniel 2009: Is It Still Metallica? In Irwin: Metallica and Philosophy. A Crash Course in Brain Surgery.
Gracyk, Theodore & Kania, Andrew 2011: Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music (Routledge)
Jansen 2017: Gruppen und Institutionen (Springer)
Nudds, Matthew & O'Callaghan, Casey 2009: Sounds & Perception. (OUP)
Ritchie, Katherine 2015: The Metaphysics of Social Groups. Philosophy Compass 10.5.
Terrone, Enrico 2017: The Band of Theseus: Social Individuals and Mental Files. Philosophy of The Social Sciences 47.4/5.

Organisation: Thorben Petersen (Bremen)

Chair: Thorben Petersen
Zeit: 16:15-20:00, 3. September 2019 (Donnerstag)
Ort: SR 1.003

Daniel Cohnitz
(University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Ludger Janssen
(University of Passau, University of Rostock, Germany)

Thorben Petersen
(University of Bremen, Germany)

Enrico Terrone
(University of Barcelona, Spain)

Julia Zimmermann
(University of Siegen, Germany)

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