Christopher Bartel Appalachian State University
My research interests primarily lie within aesthetics and philosophy of perception. Within the field of aesthetics, I am particularly interested in the philosophy of music -- the ontology of musical works, musical understanding, the relationship (or lack thereof) between music and language, and philosophy of musical perception. I also have interests in general aesthetics as well as the interrelations between aesthetics and ethics. Within the field of perception, I am particularly interested in examining the nature of auditory experience and developing an account of the representation of the contents of auditory experience. Perhaps controversially, I do not see a sharp distinction between my work in aesthetics and my work in perception. I am currently working on a series of essays designed to demonstrate how much contemporary work in the cognitive science of music could be employed to solve some of the central problems in philosophy of music.