Thursday 04/30/2015 by Icculus


Registration is now open for the “Philosophy School of Phish,” a special section of PHL 360: Philosophy and the Arts, at Oregon State University. The class merges the experience of Phish’s live performances with the study of theories about art, aesthetic judgment, community, and more. It is designed as a philosophy of music class, and will incorporate live Phish performances as case studies.

Along with readings from philosophers such as Kant, Tolstoy, and Nietzsche, students will be required to attend concerts during the band’s 2015 summer tour in person or via webcast and analyze their experience in written assignments. Class begins on June 22nd and runs for eight weeks. It is a distance education course offered online through Oregon State University Ecampus, and enrollment is not limited to Oregon State students. Phish fans from all over the country can participate in the course.

Additional information, including instructions for registration and details about last year’s class, are available on the course’s public website. And for information about OSU Ecampus, please visit (From Professor Stephanie Jenkins)

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, comment by Zimmerman
Zimmerman Seriously considering doing this!
, comment by Dressed_In_Gray
Dressed_In_Gray @Zimmerman said:
Seriously considering doing this!

I'm enrolling in the graduate course: PHL 560.

The pre-rec is to have been listening & collecting for 10+ years, and we will be webcasting every show, and attending one. Advanced analysis of segues, cultural relavance and impact will couple with the works of Descartes and Hume, over and above the focus of PHL 360
, comment by 0160mhsihp
0160mhsihp I took bowling when I was in college. I always figured it was a waste of a class. That was until I went bowling one night and was the only one who knew how to keep score. I too think this class would come in handy. I don't see how it couldn't. I would like to be a guest speaker sometime however as I have a lot to share.
, comment by illbuyyouaewe
illbuyyouaewe Not to be that guy, but how much does it cost? Does it cost the same as a normal encamps course?
, comment by illbuyyouaewe
illbuyyouaewe @illbuyyouaewe said:
Not to be that guy, but how much does it cost? Does it cost the same as a normal encamps course?
That should say "E-campus" not encamps. Thanks autocorrect.
, comment by Zimmerman
Zimmerman It's unofficial! As long as I can get the credit transferred to UVM I'm taking it.
, comment by JesusFreak
JesusFreak I'm so proud that OSU is my home university! I received my degree in psychology from Oregon State :) Way to go Beavers!
, comment by SkyTrainWand
SkyTrainWand Amazing. What a great idea, I hope you guys have fun. Don't see how anyone wouldn't have fun in a course like that, lol
, comment by Gigantomachia
Gigantomachia Buck the Feavers. GO DUCKS!!!!!
, comment by Zimmerman
Zimmerman I will! The only problem is I'll have to webcast all my assigned shows since the course runs in July and East coast tour is in August. I won't be physically attending any shows until after the course is over, which sucks, but it's still to good of an opportunity to pass up
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