Friday 03/19/2021 by phishnet


For the eighth year in a row, Dr. Stephanie Jenkins will teach the “Philosophy School of Phish” course—more formally called the “Philosophy of Art and Music”—via Oregon State University’s Ecampus program. Using the band as a case study, students will explore canonical theories about art and its meaning, from ancient to modern times. Registration is open now and class begins on March 29th!

Space is limited. To enroll, follow instructions for registering through OSU’s ecampus and enroll in PHL 360: Philosophy & the Arts (CRN 59716). (Because this class is a special section of a regular course offering, you will not find PHL 360 listed online as “Philosophy School of Phish.”) Make sure Dr. Jenkins is listed as the professor. Note: You do not have to be a current OSU student to take this course. You’ll need to apply and enroll as a “non-degree seeking student.”

Assignments will address questions such as:

  • What is beauty?
  • What emotions does art provoke?
  • What is the role of music in a meaningful life?
  • What is the relationship between music and politics?

Potential reading includes:

  • Jeanette Bicknell, Why Music Moves Us
  • Michel Foucault, selected interviews
  • Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Judgment
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy

To learn more, follow the “request more information” button on the OSU Philosophy Ecampus website, call 800-667-1465 (option 1) or email [email protected].

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, comment by Doktahgonzo
Doktahgonzo I went through with this course last year to kill time in my Covid summer. Not the cheapest thing to do, but also definitely worth my time. Dr. Jenkins is incredibly thoughtful and cares so much for her students and it really shows. And while there is a fair of material revolving around Phish, the bigger ideas being conveyed in the course are much more personal, and the themes are universal. For myself, I learned a lot more about my own sense of aesthetics and what really moves me in ways I didn’t feel actively aware of previously (and yes, how this applies to Phish as well). I was also the only Phish person in there, which made for an interesting circumstance in conversing with my fellow students. Anyhow, I couldn’t recommend Dr. Jenkins’ course highly enough!
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