Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives

Paperback | August 28, 2011

EditorDavid Clarke, Eric Clarke

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What is consciousness? Why and when do we have it? Where does it come from, and how does it relate to the lump of squishy grey matter in our heads, or to our material and social worlds? While neuroscientists, philosophers, psychologists, historians, and cultural theorists offer widelydifferent perspectives on these fundamental questions concerning what it is like to be human, most agree that consciousness represents a "hard problem". The emergence of consciousness studies as a multidisciplinary discourse addressing these issues has often been associated with rapid advances in neuroscience - perhaps giving the impression that the arts and humanities have arrived late at the debating table. The longer historical view suggestsotherwise, but it is probably true that music has been under-represented in accounts of consciousness. Music and Consciousness aims to redress the balance: its twenty essays offer a timely and multi-faceted contribution to consciousness studies, critically examining some of the existing debates andraising new questions. The collection makes it clear that to understand consciousness we need to do much more than just look at brains: studying music demonstrates that consciousness is as much to do with minds, bodies, culture, and history. Incorporating several chapters that move outside Western philosophicaltraditions, Music and Consciousness corrects any perception that the study of consciousness is a purely occidental preoccupation. And in addition to what it says about consciousness the volume also presents a distinctive and thought-provoking configuration of new writings about music.

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What is consciousness? Why and when do we have it? Where does it come from, and how does it relate to the lump of squishy grey matter in our heads, or to our material and social worlds? While neuroscientists, philosophers, psychologists, historians, and cultural theorists offer widelydifferent perspectives on these fundamental question...

David Clarke is Professor of Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a music theorist in the broadest sense, interested in analytical, philosophical, and cultural approaches to musical and meaning. These concerns have informed his work on the British composer, Michael Tippett, on whom he is a leading authority and the aut...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. David Clarke: Music, phenomenology, time consciousness: meditations after Husserl.2. Eugene Montague: Phenomenology and the hard problems of consciousness and music.3. Michael Gallope: Technicity, consciousness, and musical objects.4. Ian Biddle: Listening, consciousness, and the charm of the universal: what it feels like for a Lacanian.5. Bennett Hogg: Enactive consciousness, intertextuality, and musical free improvisation: deconstructing mythologies and finding connections.6. Ansuman Biswas: The music of what happens: meditation and music as movement.7. Bethany Lowe: 'In the heard, only the heard...': music, consciousness, and Buddhism.8. David Clarke and Tara Kini: North Indian classical music and its links with consciousness: the case of Dhrupad.9. Meurig Beynon: From formalism to experience: a Jamesian perspective on music, computing, and consciousness.10. Lawrence Zbikowski: Music, language, and kinds of consciousness.11. Eric Clarke: Music perception and musical consciousness.12. Alicia Penalba Acitores: Towards a theory of proprioception as a bodily basis for consciousness in music.13. Rolf Inge Godoy: Sound-action awareness in music14. Andy McGuiness and Katie Overy: Music, consciousness, and the brain: music as shared experience of and embodied present15. Jorg Fachner: Drugs, altered states, and musical consciousness: reframing time and space16. Benny Shanon: Music and ayahuasca17. Ruth Herbert: Consciousness and everyday music listening: trancing, dissociaiton, and absorption18. Tia DeNora: Practical Consciousness and Social relation in MusEcological perspective19. Richard Elliott: Public consciousness, political conscience, and memory in Latin American nueva cancion20. Jeffery Kurtzman: The Psychic disintegration of a demi-god: conscious and unconscious in Striggio and Monteverdi's L'Orfeo