Carmen Cozma (born 1961, Iași, Romania) studied music at “Octav Băncilă” College of Arts, and philosophy at „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași. She is PhD Professor of Ethics and of Phenomenology at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, performing various activities of teaching, research, lecturing (in Romania and also in Japan, Poland, Republic of Moldova, USA), scientific advising for a doctor’s degree in philosophy, attending many international congresses and conferences (held in Belgium, China, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, USA). Her main research interests are focusing on Moral Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Phenomenology of Life, Phenomenology of Arts, and Philosophical Counseling. She is the author of philosophical books including Meloethics: A Semiotic Essay on Moral Values of the Artistic Musical Creation (1996); Ethos of Music Art: Essays in Moral Philosophy (2000; 2nd reviewed and augmented edition 2007); Introduction to Aretelogy: A Short Treatise of Ethics (2001; 2nd edition 2004); On Ethical in the Phenomenology of Life (2007); Lucian Blaga: El filosofar “Bajo el signo del misterio”. Con un estudio sobre la “fusión de los horizontes”: Lucian Blaga y Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (2015). She has published many articles in volumes and academic journals, edited by Aracne Editrice, ATINER, Circulo de Fenomenología y Hermenéutica, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Poietiké, Springer, etc.

In 1996, Cozma coined the concept of meloethics: a holistic dynamic philosophical and musical notion. It is a metaphorical “returning to primary roots” of moral beauty through chant, proving a fruitful hermeneutical role within a phenomenology of art music (Ion Gagim, Music and Philosophy, Știința Press, Chișinău, 2009, pp. 116-127).
Emphasizing the great valences of ethics as an „aretelogical approach”, for a better understanding of moral philosophy and applied ethics in its different articulations, is a particular contribution of Cozma’s publications (see for example Introduction to Aretelogy: A Short Treatise of Ethics, Iași, 2001; On Ethical in the Phenomenology of Life, Rome, 2007).
At the same time, Cozma is a promoter of thematizing ethical counseling, which is tackled by its in-depth moral meaning, as core dimension of philosophical counseling. She has delivered lectures on this topic in Athens (January 2017), Tokyo (September 2017), Beijing (August 2018), and Iași (October 2019).

Carmen Cozma is editor-in-chief of Agathos: An International Review of the Humanities and Social Sciences (www.agathos-international-review.com). She is member of World Phenomenology Institute (Hanover, NH, United States); Asia Association for Global Studies (Tokyo, Japan); International Society of Phenomenology of Religion (Rome, Italy); Athens Institute for Education and Research (Athens, Greece). She is member of scientific board of book series and journals (published in Italy, Malaysia, Republic of Moldova, and Romania).

 

Works

Meloethics: A Semiotic Essay on Moral Values of the Artistic Musical Creation. 1996. Iași: Junimea Press.
In the framework of an integrator hermeneutical perspective, and using the semiotics of music, this book focuses on a new philosophical concept: (the) meloethics. It is a representation of the complex unity of the dynamics and comprehensive connection between music and moral values on which the art music is grounding, and it develops and activates them through its peculiar modalities of melody, harmony and rhythm. Meloethics enriches the categories apparatus of philosophy, proving a wide potential to be applied in ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of art, philosophy of musical language, etc. Unfolding a vast theoretical analysis, the author motivates her original thesis on the foundation of what she considers to be an „onto-ethics of art music”. The approach continuously finds support in the universe of musical creations, from ancient fragments of monodies to the impressive chamber and symphonic musical works of classicism and of contemporaneity. As a meaningful illustration of meloethics, the author selects the musical creation of George Enescu (1881-1955).

Elements of Ethics and Deontology. 1997 (2nd edition 1998).  Iași: “Al.I.Cuza” University Publishing House.
A kind of an organon for professional ethics, especially for the humanities and social sciences education, is offered as a university handbook. The core of the work is made by a necessary cognitive and formative assessment in practice material, which might challenge into awakening the consciousness of present and/or future professionals to think and try to accomplishing their responsibilities and duties as regards themselves and the others, according to the meaning of Immanuel Kant’s formulation of the ‘categorical imperative’. The content moves from basic conceptual explanations, through intertwining axiological and normative dimensions of ethics and deontology, exposing relevant contributions of the ethical and deontological reflection, to codes of ethical conduct.

Studies of Philosophy Educating Humanity. 1997. Iași: Junimea Press.
Starting from the current situation marked by the captivities of an excessive interest in material consumerism, rapid changes, use of information and communication technologies, artificialization of human living style, spiritual alienation, etc., the collected papers of the book represent the fruit of an effort of understanding the human place in the contemporary world. They carry a call for responsible commitment of individuals and communities in finding ways to transcend the present moral crisis, in identifying opportunities of following an ascent trajectory / “anabasis” by cultivating the authentic creative potential of human being. Educating humanity is claimed as a priority of nowadays. It is conceived to be realized in terms of an interdisciplinary philosophical and educational view built on the pivots of ethics and aesthetics, by unfolding a peculiar philosophy of promoting model virtue-based training.

Ethos of Music Art: Essays in Moral Philosophy. 2000. Iași: Junimea Press. Second edition, reviewed and augmented. 2007. Iași: 3D ARTE Press.
Coming from a serious knowledge and practice in classical music, meditating upon the relation between moral philosophy and the art of harmonious sounds, the book gives an in-depth investigation of the ethos of music. It enlightens part of the great significance the ‘ethos of music art’ has for humanity. The reader is invited to discover something about the ‘joy of life’ experience, within a transdisciplinary approach centered on ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of language, hermeneutics, phenomenology and semiotics, into grasping the extraordinary power music can exert upon the self-fulfillment of the receiving subject thanks to its hedonistic, utilitarian, and eudaimonic message, which contributes to human well-being, finally.

Introduction to Aretelogy: A Short Treatise of Ethics. 2001 (2nd edition 2004).  Iași: “Al.I.Cuza” University Publishing House.
Reviving the meaning of the Greek ἀρετή / aretḗ, the author develops an examination and interpretation of ethics as ‘aretelogy’. Actually, we face a personal moral philosophical vision concerning ‘virtue’ that is taken in the functionality of a nucleus ethical value. The main purpose is to stir the reader into the horizon of the ‘human moral excellence’ the individuals are able to accomplish themselves, so much important today. ‘Aretelogy’ is explored as an aporethic theory that sustains an appropriate knowledge, comprehension and application in human current life. The concept of aretḗ is featured as a major one to anyone in the endeavour of getting a robust and wise learning to eventually reveal the strength of the Socratic teaching about a human ‘life worth living’.

Lucian Blaga: Philosophizing “under the Mystery’s Species”. 2002. Iași: Timpul Publishing House.
The booklet is dedicated to the Romanian philosopher, poet, playwright and essayist Lucian Blaga (1895-1961), who elaborated an impressive systematic vision in the 20th century metaphysics. The author aims to give an exegesis focused on the heroic meaning of the tragic human condition in the world, by pursuing the idea of the “singularity of man” that Blaga designs as “being toward mystery and revelation of the mystery” exactly through creation and historicity. The main works of Lucian Blaga, published as “Trilogies” in the fields of gnoseology, culture, values, and cosmology, are analyzed and interpreted following the above mentioned motif.

On Ethical in the Phenomenology of Life. 2007. Roma: Edizioni Eucos.
Highly valuing the philosophical work of a major contemporary phenomenologist, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (1923-2014), the author gives a hermeneutic exposure of the ethical coordinates she draws from the ‘phenomenology of life’. Developed by the outstanding Polish-born American philosopher, the original “phenomenology of the logos of life” is one of the most spectacular directions in the post-Husserlian phenomenological worldwide movement. The book shares part of the growing interest the author has experienced over the years by disclosing the ethical referential Tymieniecka did implicitly take into consideration throughout her writings, firstly in her fleuve-treatise Logos and Life in four tomes (1988-2000) but no less in the frame of many international congresses, conferences and symposia she has organized and presided, and in her so rich editorial work. Emphasizing the great valences of ‘phenomenology of life’ grounded on the concept of “creative human condition”, the author finds a pathway to be much more scrutinized and appropriated in the individual and common process of human values’ cultivation and manifestation in real existence.

In the Opening of the Romanian Moral Philosophizing. 2008. Bucharest:  Didactic and Pedagogical Publishing House.
The book takes into account some challenges of (self-)knowing and (self-)understanding concerning the Romanian ethos. In terms of an integrated hermeneutics, the basic topics of balancing between ‘distance and proximity’ is displayed in the attempt to highlight roots, historical evolution, particularities of a national morality, and philosophical creativity in which contemporary Romanians would have to identify the values and the route of overcoming a dangerous moral crisis. The assumed perspective is one of both duty and right, of freedom and dignity to be activated and affirmed in the positive elements that can support a healthy re-establishment. Knowing and understanding some of a veritable culture advanced by remarkable Romanian personalities with universal vocation would very well mean a workable and permanent point of reflecting and acting through and for a perpetual restored moral philosophizing.

LUCIAN BLAGA: El filosofar „Bajo la especie del misterio”. Con un estudio sobre la „fusión de los horizontes”: Lucian Blaga y Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka . 2015. Madrid / London / New York:  Niram Art Editorial.
Uno de los filósofos más importantes del siglo XX, artista de la enunciación metafórica, Lucian Blaga (1895 Lancram, Alba – 1961 Cluj) se impone como verdadero modelo cultural, que compite con la eternidad a través de una impresionante obra, abierta a diferentes lados del espíritu. Celebramos la publicación en español de esta síntesis excepcional que ayudará a la adecuada introducción y a una mayor comprensión del sistema filosófico de uno de los más importantes creadores de la cultura rumana, el poeta, filósofo y dramaturgo Lucian Blaga.