Dr. Licia Carlson will present "Sonification: On the Ethical Significance of Music" on Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm.
In this presentation, Dr. Carlson will explore the ethical significance of musical encounters. She argues that shared musical experience can yield new forms of knowledge, transform relationships between musical subjects, and expand our moral imagination. These musical encounters can be especially meaningful in the context of disability, where music can provide a means of communication, expression, and connection for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Though philosophers have turned their attention to disability in the realm of ethics, political philosophy, and bioethics, she maintains that the musical lives of people with disabilities, and the relationship between ethics and aesthetics more generally, are worthy of philosophical consideration.
Licia Carlson received her BA in philosophy and music from Vassar College, and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto. She has held positions at Seattle University and Harvard University, and she is currently professor of philosophy at Providence College. Her research interests include the philosophy of disability, bioethics, 20th century French philosophy, feminism, and the philosophy of music. She has published numerous articles on philosophy and intellectual disability, and is the author of The Faces of Intellectual Disability: Philosophical Reflections (Indiana University Press, 2010). She has also co-edited two volumes: Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy and Phenomenology and the Arts (Lexington Press, 2016.) Her current work includes a book on music, philosophy and disability, and research on the ethical and existential dimensions of genetic testing. She lives in Boston and plays violin with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.
All are welcome to attend her lecture at 7 pm. Faculty are invited to a special luncheon at 12:30 pm on April 12 with Dr. Carlson. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This event is sponsored by the Mount's Catholic and Dominican Institute.