Date:Tuesday October 18, 2016 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s):Joshua Cohen, Faculty Member, Apple University; Distinguished Senior Fellow in Law, Political Science, and Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley: Author, “Philosophy, Politics, Democracy; Arc of the Moral Universe and Other Essays” and “Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals”; Co-Editor, “Norton Introduction to Philosophy”
Topic:“Glenn Gould’s Variations and the Human Qualities that Foster Remarkable Creativity”
Venue:Desautels Hall (2nd floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Cost:None. All are welcome. Online pre-registration is mandatory by 11:30am on October 18.
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Glenn Gould, the greatest pianist of the past century, thought that musical performance has an ethical importance: it aims at an experience of ecstasy, which creates a sense of distance from the world. Drawing on a presentation he gives to executives at Apple, Joshua Cohen will discuss the meaning of this ethical ideal, explain how Gould’s 1982 recording of the Goldberg Variations reflects this ambitious aspiration for musical performance, and explore the human qualities that foster remarkable creativity.