HomeIDEYA: Journal of Humanitiesvol. 9 no. 1 (2007)

The Alter Egos of Music, Real Presences, or Being inside a Ripe Green Grape: A Rhapsody on a Theme of Pedagogic Interfaces

David Jonathan Bayot

Discipline: Humanities, Music



In the form of a rhapsody, this discourse on music is a bricolage that addresses the task of positing and positioning music as a modality of thought and a modality of Being. Questions of “thought,” “thinking,” and “Being” - invoking them in terms of music as signifying practice, the profession of the mind, and the ethics of knowledge - are contextualized within persistent institutional discussions and praxis of a “transformative pedagogy” (as against “transmissive pedagogy”). In the course of the discussion, the paper foregrounds – in consonance and dissonance - the critical thematics of “non-identity,” “real presences,” and “ethics as first