Ring 2013 Speaker
Lydia Goehr is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. She is a recipient of Mellon, Getty, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and has received a Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, The Graduate Student Advisory Council's Faculty Mentoring Award, and a Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. She has been a Trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics and is a member of the New York Institute of the Humanities. She offers courses in the history of aesthetic theory, the contemporary philosophy of the arts, critical theory, and the philosophy of history. Her research interests are in German aesthetic theory and in particular in the relationship between philosophy, politics, history, and music.
She has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the FU-Berlin SFB Theater und Fest, and the Freie Universität Berlin, and delivered the Royal Holloway-British Library Lectures in Musicology in London and the Wort Lectures at Cambridge University. In 2002/03, she was the visiting Aby Warburg Professor in Hamburg and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskollegzu Berlin. Goehr is the author of The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music ; The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy; Elective Affinities: Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory; and co-editor with Daniel Herwitz of The Don Giovanni Moment: Essays on the legacy of an Opera. With Gregg Horowitz, she is series editor of Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts (Columbia University Press). She is presently writing a book on the place of music in the age-old contest of the arts. She has written many articles on the work of Theodor W. Adorno, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Arthur Danto.