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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A. (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198250487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198250487
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 1.5 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Though not a textbook, Kivy's book neatly covers the history of musical aesthetics from Plato onwards, and thus could easily be used in philosophy of music classes. (The Philosophical Quarterly)

Written clearly and engagingly, Peter Kivy's introduction to musical aesthetics usefully summarizes his own influential views on various issues in the philosophy of music. (The Philosophical Quarterly)

Peter Kivy is the most influential and prolific author on the philosophy of music within the analytical tradition ... Kivy has written a very readable and elegantly composed philosophy of music, which requires no prior knowledge of musicological terminology. The treasures of the book are the keen analyses of the issues, the sophisticated argumentations, and the wealth of relevant arguments ... It is a most valuable book for those who want to confront their views of music with one of the best-argued positions in musical aesthetics. (British Journal of Aesthetics)

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Peter Kivy is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He is the author of New Essays on Musical Understanding, also published by Oxford University Press (2001).


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Can't disagree more with previous reviewer. The first chapter -on the nature of philsophy itself - is admittedly a very entry-level affair (deliberately so)but none the worse for that. Subsequent chapters tackle aspects of the philosophy of music clearly, interestingly and in a manner that is very far from superficial. Certainly, the discussions are not exhaustive, but nor are they intended to be; it's an introduction, after all. Particularly refreshing is the fact that Kivy does not shy away from presenting objections to his own, favoured views, even when he has no knock-down response to them. In all, a very good place to start for anyone interested in this topic but unfamiliar with the philosophical literature on it.
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Truly awful. Not only does Kivy appeal to the methods, fields, frames and focuses of conceptual analysis, widely regarded as redundant following the various attacks on the analytic/synthetic divide, but he also seeks to understand music with few musical examples, no music analysis and a complete disregard for music's being. 'Meaningless sound events' - is that what music means for you? Thought not. Perhaps if Kivy had kept up to date with contemporary debates in modern philosophy by perhaps - as a minimum - reading Quine, Sellars, Davidson, Brandom and/or McDowell, he could have pulled his philosophy of music from 1940s time warp it clearly is stuck in. But, then, as Kivy once remarked, 'I never understood Davidson'. Oh dear.
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this is a disappointing book containing freshman-level philosophy and musical discussion as shallow as it is old fashioned. given that this slim paperback is also expensive, i would say it is an absolute waste of money. i seriously can not imagine who would benefit from such a book.
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