Themes in the Philosophy of Music

These essays, two ofthem new and previously unpublished, are self-standing but thematically connected, and will be of great interest to philosophers, aestheticians, and to theorists of music and art.

Author: Stephen Davies

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191515606

Category: Art

Page: 292

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Is music a language of the emotions? How do recorded pop songs differ from works created for live performance? Is John Cage's silent piece, 4'33", music? Stephen Davies's new book collects some of his most important papers on central topics in the philosophy of music. As well as perennial questions, Davies addresses contemporary controversies, including the impact of modern technology on the presentation and reception of both new and old musical works. These essays, two ofthem new and previously unpublished, are self-standing but thematically connected, and will be of great interest to philosophers, aestheticians, and to theorists of music and art.

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music

This is the predicament we live through alongside “our” musical instruments. ... (1993 [1919–21]) Toward a Philosophy of the Act, trans. ... in Themes in the Philosophy of Music, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 94–107.

Author: Theodore Gracyk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136821882

Category: Music

Page: 654

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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music is an outstanding guide and reference source to the key topics, subjects, thinkers and debates in philosophy and music. Essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, music and musicology.

Philosophers on Music

Ridley, A. (1995) Music, Value and the Passions, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Ridley, A. (2004) The Philosophy of Music: Theme and Variations, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Robinson, J. (1994) 'The Expression and ...

Author: Kathleen Stock

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191615306

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Philosophers on Music: Experience, Meaning, and Work presents significant new contributions to central issues in the philosophy of music, written by leading philosophers working in the analytic tradition. Music is an increasingly popular object of reflection for professional philosophers, as it raises special questions not only of relevance to music practitioners, theorists, and philosophers of art, but also of wider philosophical interest to those working in metaphysics, the philosophy of emotion, and the philosophy of language, among other areas. The wide range of contributors to this volume reflects this level of interest. It includes both well-known philosophers of music drawing on a wealth of reflection to produce new and often startling conclusions, and philosophers relatively new to the philosophy of music yet eminent in other philosophical fields, who are able to bring a fresh perspective, informed by that background, to their topic of choice. The issues tackled in this volume include what sort of thing a work of music is; the nature of the relation between a musical work and versions of it; the nature of musical expression and its contribution to musical experience; the relation of music to metaphor; the nature of musical irony; the musical status of electro-sonic art; and the nature of musical rhythm. Together these papers constitute some of the best new work in what is an exciting field of research, and one which has much to engage philosophers, aestheticians, and musicologists.

Philosophy of Music

The philosophical theme of listening does not only or mainly refer to music, but rather to the Word (human and divine, and especially the poetic word), implying the dimension of silence as a precondition for the appearance of the ...

Author: Riccardo Martinelli

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110624724

Category: Philosophy

Page: 180

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Ranging from Antiquity to contemporary analytic philosophy, it provides a concise but thorough analysis of the arguments developed by some of the most outstanding philosophers of all times. Besides the aesthetics of music proper, the volume touches upon metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, psychology, anthropology, and scientific developments that have influenced the philosophical explanations of music. Starting from the very origins of philosophy in Western thought (Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle) the book talks about what music is according to Augustine, Descartes, Leibniz, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, the Romantics, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Susanne Langer, Bloch, Adorno, and many others. Recent developments within the analytic tradition are illustrated with particular attention to the ontology of the musical artwork and to the problem of music and emotions. A fascinating idea which recurs throughout the book is that philosophers allow for a sort of a secret kinship between music and philosophy, as means to reveal complementary aspects of truth.

The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy

His work also drew attention to philosophically interesting features of the relationship between musical works and their performances, features the exploration of which has been one of the central themes in analytic philosophy of music ...

Author: Assistant Professor of Music and Ad Astra Fellow Tomás McAuley

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199367313

Category: Music

Page: 1152

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Whether regarded as a perplexing object, a morally captivating force, an ineffable entity beyond language, or an inescapably embodied human practice, music has captured philosophically inclined minds since time immemorial. In turn, musicians of all stripes have called on philosophy as a source of inspiration and encouragement, and scholars of music through the ages have turned to philosophy for insight into music and into the worlds that sustain it. In this Handbook, contributors build on this legacy to conceptualize the rich interactions of Western music and philosophy as a series of meeting points between two vital spheres of human activity. They draw together key debates at the intersection of music studies and philosophy, offering a field-defining overview while also forging new paths. Chapters cover a wide range of musics and philosophies, including concert, popular, jazz, and electronic musics, and both analytic and continental philosophy.

Musical Understandings

He explores a range of topics, including how music expresses emotion, modes of perception, and musical profundity. The volume includes original material, newly revised articles, and work published in English for the first time.

Author: Stephen Davies

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199608775

Category: Music

Page: 221

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Musical Understandings presents an engaging collection of essays by Stephen Davies on the philosophy of music. He explores a range of topics, including how music expresses emotion, modes of perception, and musical profundity. The volume includes original material, newly revised articles, and work published in English for the first time.

Music as Theology

113 once again, during this book we will reflect on how the nature of music can help us to re-understand or ... From the perspective of spiritual theology, and integrating themes of the philosophy of music and its role in culture, cf.

Author: Maeve Louise Heaney

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781610974509

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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"The conversation between music and theology, dormant for too long in recent years, is at last gathering pace. And rightly so. There will always be theologians who will regard music as a somewhat peripheral concern, too trivial to trouble the serious scholar, and in any case almost impossible to engage because of its notorious resistance to words and concepts. But an increasing number are discovering again what many of our forbears realized centuries ago, that the kinship between this pervasive feature of human life and the search for a Christian 'intelligence of faith' is intimate and ineradicable. Maeve Heaney's ambitious, wide-ranging, and energetic book pushes the conversation further forward still. Her approach is unapologetically theological, grounded in the passions and concerns of mainstream doctrinal theology. And yet she is insisting . . . that music must be given its due place in the ecology of theology. Although convinced that music should not be set up as a rival to linguistic or conceptual articulation, let alone swallow up 'traditional' modes of theological language and thought, she is equally convinced that music is an irreducible means of coming to terms with the world, a unique vehicle of world-disclosure, and as such, can generate a particular form of 'understanding': 'there are things which God may only be saying through music.' If this is so, it is incumbent on the theologian to listen." --Jeremy Begbie, from the Foreword

The Normativity of Musical Works A Philosophical Inquiry

So, in this case, an improvised performance is likely to be part of the construction of the musical work. The specific character of a “studio performance” ... Davies, Themes in the Philosophy of Music, 37. These limitations are present, ...

Author: Alessandro Arbo

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004462779

Category: Art

Page: 142

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The essay advocates a theory of the musical work as a “social object” which is based on a trace informed by a normative value. Such a normativity is explored in relation to three ways of fixing the trace: orality, notation and phonography.

Philosophy of Music Education Challenged Heideggerian Inspirations

In 1920, he writes to his fellow philosopher Karl Löwitz, whether rightly or wrongly remains open: “I am a Christian theologian” (Gadamer ... It would be a fallacy to hold that children and youngsters should be “spared” from this theme.

Author: Frederik Pio

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401793193

Category: Education

Page: 256

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This volume offers key insights into the crisis of legitimization that music as a subject of arts education seems to be in. Music as an educational subject is under intense pressure, both economically, due to the reduction of education budgets, as well as due to a loss of status with policy makers. The contributions in this book illuminate Martin Heidegger’s thinking as a highly cogent theoretical framework for understanding the nature and depth of this crisis. The contributors explore from various angles the relationship between the pressure on music education and the foundations of our technical and rationalized modern society and lead the way on the indispensable first steps towards reconnecting the cultural practices of education with music and its valuable contributions to personal development.

The Musician as Interpreter

Musical Works and Performances: A Philosophical Exploration. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001. ———. “The Ontology of Musical Works and the Authenticity of Their Performances.” In Themes in the Philosophy of Music, 60–77.


Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271045085



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