What does musical improvisation teach us about time? A venerable tradition holds that music reveals the ‘flow’ of time: listening to music, we experience time as an actual event. Yet the consensus in philosophy and physics is that time doesn’t flow, and that time is already given: the future is not open, but fixed. In this talk, Bill Day, Ph.D., of the Department of Philosophy argues for a middle ground: while the felt rhythm that propels music gives us the sense that time flows, it is also the impetus for the improviser’s discovery that time doesn’t flow, and that it is open. Improvisation reveals that time is not a force and does not operate as a destiny in our lives.

Professor Day is co-editor of Seeing Wittgenstein Anew and has published numerous essays on Wittgenstein, Cavell, and topics on aesthetics (improvisation, music, film). He teaches courses on the experience of time.

Following the talk, there will be a meal for all attendees catered by the Department of Philosophy.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy. For more information, email montelj@lemoyne.edu.