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Music and the Soul: Restoring or Destroying the Inner Man

Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul; on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful; and also because he who has received this education of the inner being will most shrewdly perceive omissions or faults in art and nature, and with a true taste, while he praises and rejoices over and receives into his soul the good, and becomes noble and good, he will justly blame and hate the bad, now in the days of his youth, even before he is able to know the reason why; and when reason comes he will recognize and salute the friend with whom his education has made him long familiar. (Plato, Republic)

Music & the Soul: Restoring or Destroying the Inner Man

John Cuddeback, Ph.D.
November 17, 2011
Holy Transfiguration Catholic Church, McLean, VA

Written Resources:
Music & the Soul Handout
A Question About Music & the Soul

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About Cuddeback, John, Ph.D.

Dr. John Cuddeback received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1997. He writes and lectures on various topics including virtue, culture, natural law, contemplation, and friendship. His book, True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness, was republished in 2010. A Third Order lay Dominican, he currently teaches in the Philosophy department at Christendom College. Dr. Cuddeback, an avid gardener and hunter, lives with his wife and six children in the Shenandoah Valley.