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Philosophy and the Sound of Music

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK ‘MUSICAL ONTOLOGY: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED’ BY LISA GIOMBINI What is musical ontology, and why should we as philosophers address it, if ever? These two (different) questions constitute the Ariadne’s thread running throughout this whole book. They will take us down a path that will lead, issue after issue, from very specific questions on the nature and identity of musical works to the Minotaur of all major philosophical dilemmas: the subject-matter of metaphysics, the relation between ontology and history, the role of intuition as a... Read more →

ON JOSEPH MARGOLIS’ PHILOSOPHY. AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERTA DREON

An excerpt from Joseph Margolis – Three Paradoxes of Personhood. The Venetian Lectures “Yes, I think that my work has really come out from my notion of aesthetics. First of all, you can’t do any pertinent work in the philosophy of art, history, or culture without admitting relativism. You cannot have a theory of interpretation regarding art or the rest of the cultural world of humans that does not accommodate the relativistic option.” Joseph Margolis   On the definition of art and why it matters even outside aesthetics In Italy... Read more →

Interview with Lisa Giombini, author of the book Musical Ontology: a Guide for the Perplexed

    What is the definition of musical ontology? Musical works are a strange kind of thing. We consider them to be works of art, yet they do not possess the physicality of ‘traditional’ art objects such as paintings on museums’ walls, or sculptures on gallery plinths. ‘That’s because musical works are performed’, one may reply. In this regard, we should stress that the performative aspect of it does not constitute the musical work in itself. Indeed, it is merely a performance of it. Hence, unlike paintings and sculptures, trying... Read more →

On Atmospheres: interview with Tonino Griffero, director of the book series Atmospheric Spaces

  What is the main focus of the series Atmospheric Spaces? The book series Atmospheric Spaces aims to provide an updated overview of the phenomenological and aesthetic concept of “atmosphere” – which has nothing to do with a meteorological or an earth-scientific idea of it. Rather, it collects essays that share a new perspective on the emotions, which are understood as affective entities spread out in the spaces we inhabit, and which have a great impact on our everyday life. The second main goal of the series is to enhance... Read more →

Philosophical News

Philosophical News Official Journal of the ESMP The official publication of the ESMP is the international journal of philosophy Philosophical News, starting with the new series in Autumn 2016 for MIM International. The journal aims to promote research and reflection, with particular attention to contemporary philosophical debate, from different cultural perspectives. Over the years many scholars collaborated to this publication, enriching research in the philosophical panorama. These authors have included Martha Nussbaum, Roger Scruton, Rémi Brague, John Milbank, Stanley Houerwas, Stanislaw Grygiel, Linda Zagzebski, Giovanni Reale, Enrico Berti, Angelo Scola, John H. McDowell,... Read more →

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS: 50th ANNIVERSARY!

A new book by Alan O’Leary for Mimesis International   Commissioned by Algerians and made by Italians with dialogue in Arabic and French, The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966) is a classic of political cinema influential on art-house and popular cinema alike. The film’s complex consideration of the efficacy of torture and terrorism means it is a key text for thinking about the ethics of conflict, and it is studied not only by scholars of cinema but also by political scientists and historians, not to mention the military and... Read more →

 
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