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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music

1st Edition

Edited by Theodore Gracyk, Andrew Kania


654 pages

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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. Over fifty entries by an international team of contributors are organised into six clear sections:

  • general issues
  • emotion
  • history
  • figures
  • kinds of music
  • music, philosophy and related disciplines

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, music and musicology.


"Comprehensive and authoritative … readers will discover many excellent articles in this well-organized addition to a growing interdisciplinary field. Summing Up: Highly recommended" - CHOICE

"… succeeds well in catching the wide-ranging strands of musical theorising and thinking, and performance, and an understanding of the various contexts in which all thistakes place." - Reference Reviews

"A necessary book, one that those who are passionate about music and philosophy have long been awaiting. There is simply nothing like it." - Jerrold Levinson University of Maryland, USA

"An intelligent and comprehensive overview of the Philosophy of Music, featuring contributions by many of the leading figures in the field. The editors have done a remarkable job soliciting topical and historical essays from both musically-minded philosophers and philosophically-minded musicians. It should become the standard reference work in the field." - Brian Kane, Yale University, USA

"By bringing together in one volume the most up-to-date thinking from the best minds in the business, from all the relevant disciplines, Gracyk and Kania have provided an invaluable service not only to numerous scholars and their students, but equally to musicians and their audiences." - Guy Dammann, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK

"This admirable volume will be welcomed by established philosophers of music and - especially - by those coming to the subject for the first time. The coverage of topics is ideal, while the contributors range from emerging talents to the biggest names in the field. An essential resource for anyone with an interest in the philosophy of music." - Aaron Ridley, University of Southampton, UK

"A reader like me seeks an introduction that faithfully reviews the major topics, offers a critical perspective on the current controversies, provides resources for further study, and presents the material in clear language and at a level of sophistication appropriate to the discourse. In these respects, the editors have crafted an excellent collection." -Alfred I. Tauber, Boston University, USA

Table of Contents

Part 1: General Issues 1. Definition Andrew Kania 2. Silence, Sound, Noise, and Music Jennifer Judkins 3. Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony Roger Scruton 4. Ontology Ben Caplan & Carl Matheson 5. Medium David Davies 6. Improvisation Lee B. Brown 7. Notation Stephen Davies 8. Performances and Recordings Andrew Kania & Theodore Gracyk 9. Authentic Performance Practice Paul Thom 10. Music and Language Ray Jackendoff 11. Music and Imagination Saam Trivedi 12. Understanding Music Erkki Huovinen 13. Style Jennifer Judkins 14. Aesthetic Properties Rafael de Clercq 15. Value Alan Goldman 16. Evaluating Music Theodore Gracyk 17. Appropriation and Hybridity James O. Young 18. Instrumental Technology Anthony Gritten Part 2: Emotion 19. Expression theories Jenefer Robinson 20. Arousalist Theories Derek Matravers 21. Resemblance theories Saam Trivedi 22. Music’s Arousal of Emotions Malcolm Budd Part 3: History 23. Classical aesthetic traditions of India, China, and the Middle East Stephen Blum & Peter Manuel 24. Antiquity and the Middle Ages Thomas J. Mathiesen 25. The Early Modern Period Jeanette Bicknell 26. Continental Philosophy and Music Tiger Roholt 27. Analytic Philosophy and Music Stephen Davies Part 4: Figures 28. Plato Stephen Halliwell 29. Rousseau Julia Simon 30. Kant Hannah Ginsborg 31. Schopenhauer Alex Neill 32. Nietzsche John M. Carvalho 33. Hanslick Thomas Grey 34. Gurney Malcolm Budd 35. Wagner Thomas Grey 36. Adorno Andy Hamilton Part 5: Kinds of Music 37. Popular Music John A. Fisher38. Rock Allan F. Moore 39. Jazz Lee B. Brown 40. Song Jeanette Bicknell 41. Opera Paul Thom 42. Music and Motion Pictures Noël Carroll & Margaret Moore 43. Music and Dance Robynn Stilwell 44. Visual Music and Synesthesia Kathleen Higgins Part 6: Music, Philosophy, and Related Disciplines 45. Musicology Justin London 46. Music Theory and Philosophy Judith Lochhead 47. Composition Roger Scruton 48. Analysis Joseph Dubiel 49. Ethnomusicology Peter Manuel 50. Music and Politics James Currie 51. Sociology and Cultural Studies Anthony Kwame Harrison 52. Music and Gender Fred Everett Maus 53. Phenomenology and Music Bruce Ellis Benson 54. Music, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science Diana Raffman 55. Psychology of Music Eric Clarke 56. Music Education Philip Alperson. Index

About the Editors

Theodore Gracyk is Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Minnesota State University Moorhead, USA. He is author of Rhythm and Noise: An Aesthetics of Rock (1996); I Wanna Be Me: Rock Music and the Politics of Identity (2001); Listening to Popular Music (2007); and On Music (Routledge, 2013).

Andrew Kania is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, USA. His principal research is in the philosophy of music, literature, and film. He is the editor of Memento (Routledge, 2009).

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy Companions

Routledge Philosophy Companions offer thorough, high quality surveys and assessments of the major topics and periods in philosophy. Covering key problems, themes and thinkers, all entries are specially commissioned for each volume and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible and carefully edited and organised, Routledge Philosophy Companions are indispensable for anyone coming to a major topic or period in philosophy, as well as for the more advanced reader.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
MUSIC / History & Criticism
PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics