Harmonia, Melos and Rhytmos. Aristotle on Musical Education

Ancient Philosophy 36 (2):409-424 (2016)
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In this paper, I reconstruct the reasons why Aristotle thinks that musical education is important for moral education. Musical education teaches us to enjoy appropriately and to recognize perceptually fine melodies and rhythms. Fine melodies and rhythms are similar to the kind of movements fine actions consist in and fine characters display. By teaching us to enjoy and recognise fine melodies and rhythms, musical education can train us to recognize and to take pleasure in fine actions and characters. Thus, musical education can, up to a point, lead us toward the actions and character dispositions a virtuous life requires.
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