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Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives

David Clarke and Eric Clarke


Consciousness has been described as one of the most mysterious things in the universe. Scientists, philosophers, and commentators from a whole range of disciplines can't seem to agree what it is, or why it is that the whole rich panoply of human experience seems to emerge from a lump of squishy grey matter in our heads. Most agree, though, that consciousness represents a Hard Problem, and consciousness studies has emerged as a quasi-discipline over recent years, as a multidisciplinary discourse seeking to address these and other fascinating and perplexing questions. While the arts and humaniti ... More

Keywords: consciousness, human experience, music, minds, culture, perception, Western, Eastern

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199553792
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553792.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Clarke, editor
Professor of Music, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Eric Clarke, editor
Heather Professor of Music, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, UK

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