Antithetical Arts

Antithetical Arts : On the Ancient Quarrel Between Literature and Music

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Antithetical Arts constitutes a defence of musical formalism against those who would put literary interpretations on the absolute music canon. In Part I, the historical origins of both the literary interpretation of absolute music and musical formalism are laid out. In Part II, specific attempts to put literary interpretations on various works of the absolute music canon are examined and criticized. Finally, in Part III, the question is raised as to what
the human significance of absolute music is, if it does not lie in its representational or narrative content. The answer is that, as yet, philosophy has no answer, and that the question should be considered an important one for philosophers of art to consider, and to try to answer without appeal to
representational or narrative content.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 217 x 16mm | 350g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199596298
  • 9780199596294
  • 2,272,202

Table of contents

PART I: THE FOUNDING OF FORMALISM; PART II: THE FORTUNES OF FORMALISM; PART III: THE FATE OF FORMALISM
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Review quote

Antithetical Arts, like Kivy's earlier books, is a model of clarity and shows great historical sensitivity and engagement with the issues under discussion. * Jeanette Bicknell, Mind * Kivy's writing style happily shares many of the characteristics of good literature - wit, elegance, clarity, clear narrative development and readability. In short, his book, apart from anything else, is a good read. To the aesthetician, it is also of great philosophical interest, amd places the current debates on musical expression within a historical context. * Elisa Galgut, Philosophical Quarterly *
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About Peter Kivy

Peter Kivy is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Jersey. His field of specialization is aesthetics and the philosophy of art.
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