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The Philosophy of Rhythm: Aesthetics, Music, Poetics

Peter Cheyne, Andy Hamilton, and Max Paddison


Spanning all cultures, rhythm is the basic pulse that animates poetry and music. The recent explosion of scholarly interest across disciplines in the aural dimensions of aesthetic experience—particularly in sociology, cultural and media theory, and literary studies—has yet to explore this fundamental category. Discussion of rhythm tends to be confined within the discrete conceptual domains and technical vocabularies of musicology and prosody. With its original essays by philosophers, psychologists, musicians, literary theorists, and ethno-musicologists, this volume opens up wider—and plural—pe ... More

Keywords: rhythm, philosophy, music, aesthetics, literature, poetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199347773
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199347773.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Cheyne, editor
Associate Professor, Shimane University

Andy Hamilton, editor
Lecturer in Philosophy, Durham University

Max Paddison, editor
Professor of Music Aesthetics, Durham University

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Peter Cheyne, Andy Hamilton, and Max Paddison

Part I Movement and Stasis

1 Dialogue on Rhythm

Andy Hamilton, David Macarthur, Roger Squires, Matthew Tugby, and Rachael Wiseman (compiled and edited by Andy Hamilton)

2 Rhythm and Movement

Matthew Nudds

5 Dance Rhythm

Aili Bresnahan

Part II Emotion and Expression

6 The Life of Rhythm

Garry L. Hagberg

Part III Entrainment and the Social Dimension

Part IV Time and Experience: Subjective and Objective Rhythm

15 Complexity and Passage

Christopher Hasty

20 Soundless Rhythm

Víctor Durà-Vilà

Part V Reading Rhythm

22 The Not-So-Silent Reading

Rebecca Wallbank

23 Leaving It Out

Will Montgomery

24 Hearing It Right

John Holliday

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