王阳明“乐”的思想与实践探析 = Analysis of Wang Yangming’s music thoughts and applications
Date of Issue2017-03-17
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Since Confucius, ancient Chinese philosophers generally advocated their Music philosophy thoughts based on the proposition raised by Confucius, "changing the customs and traditions, there is nothing better than Music"（移风易俗，莫善于乐）. The content of Music philosophy thoughts includes the relations between music and emotions, social function of music, educational function of music and so on. In the past, the study of traditional Chinese Music philosophy thoughts often falls in a parallel direction. Researchers either discussed about Music Ontology, or school of thoughts in Music Education. In fact, there existed the topics regarding the laws of music, as well as the relations between music and nature. The essence of these topics are interrelated, which worth an in-depth study. Wang Yangming advocated the thought of "music from the mind"（乐本于心）, revealing the unique characteristics of music, and established a set of music philosophy theory. With this in mind, my essay intends to explore the study of music in Wang Yangming’s school of thoughts. By picking out key concepts relevant to the study of Music thoughts, my essay will focus on“元声”and“中和”as theoretical basis. Although Wang Yangming’s Music thoughts seem similar to the traditional Confucians’ Music thoughts, his unique music concept is actually closely related to his philosophy of the mind（良知，致良知）. In addition, Wang Yangming did not left out the artistic quality of music, the study of music in his school of thoughts contains the characteristics of arts and culture, which is beneficial and significant to the study of aesthetics of music.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University