Andrew Kania

University of Auckland Andrew Kania

Andrew is a professor of philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. His principal research is in the philosophy of music, literature, and film. He received a BA in Philosophy and English (1996) and an MA with first-class honours in Philosophy (1999) from the University of Auckland. In 1996, he studied at the University of Tokyo, Komaba, as part of the AIKOM program. His Masters research, supported with a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, was a philosophical study of Western classical-music recordings. From 2000 to 2005, Andrew attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he completed an MA and a PhD, writing a dissertation on the ontology of classical, rock, and jazz music – a study of the kinds of things there are in those musical traditions (such as works, performances, and recordings) and the relationships that hold between them.

Andrew publishes regularly in the two leading journals in his field, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and the British Journal of Aesthetics. He is the editor of Memento (Routledge, 2009), a collection of essays on philosophical issues raised by the film of the same name, and co-editor, with Theodore Gracyk, of The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music (2011), the first ever reference work devoted to the philosophy of music. You can read his introduction to the philosophy of music in the open-access Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He has published essays on the aesthetics of video games and an introductory textbook on the philosophy of Western music (Routledge).

Andrew’s interest in music is rooted in his experiences as a music-maker and audience member. He has studied violin, piano, voice, and conducting. He hasn’t studied guitar, but insists on playing it anyway. From 1997 to 1999, Andrew was a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir, participating in the 1999 international tour during which, among other prizes, the NZYC was awarded “Choir of the World” at the Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. In 2018, while on sabbatical in Auckland Andrew conducted a local choir, The Souls, in two sold- (and souled-)out performances of Rubber Souls – an all-Beatles program that featured nine of Andrew’s own arrangements.