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Of Mind and Music Paperback – November 4, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0801489563 ISBN-10: 0801489563 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801489563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801489563
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,064,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Addis (philosophy, Univ. of Iowa) seeks to present a cogent argument for the affinity between sounds and conscious states and thus to demonstrate the "affinity of mind and music." Relying on the work of Susanne K. Langer and Sigmund Freud, he presents arguments that are well clarified if not wholly compelling. Addis writes as one who is himself engaged in the composition and performance of music (as an orchestral double bassist), and his telling points are those concerning the arguable status of any causal relationship between music and emotion. Much less successful is his argument that consciousness and sound do not require change, but only time, in order to be realized. The bibliographic essay appearing as the book's appendix will prove interesting to students of aesthetics. Appropriate for subject specialists but marginal for general collections.AFrancisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A trenchant, ambitious book which offers a striking new account of the relationship between music and mental states. Well-written and concise, light-hearted and engagingly immodest, Addis's book represents a genuinely original contribution to one of the most widely discussed issues in the philosophy of music."—Aaron Ridley, Mind (April 2001)

"The union of the mind and music is the focus, and Addis explains why it is necessary to understand both in order to answer the old question: What makes people feel such a deep range of emotions as the result of hearing music?"—Chamber Music, October 1999

"Addis's proposal is an intriguing and refreshingly novel one. It is not for nothing that Peter Kivy has described it as 'the first philosophy book in several decades with something truly original to say about music and emotion.'"—A. E. Denham, Music and Letters, 81:2, 2000

"Of Mind and Music has real value for musicians. The challenges to familiar clichés make it important reading for anyone concerned with these issues. . . . It stresses the uniqueness of the emotional experience of great music; that it has represented unique forms of consciousness and will still do so. Indeed, it takes us out of familiar habits of mind in respect of the emotional associations of traditional music to suggest both how music could have been experienced in ancient societies and how it might be experienced in the future. A stimulating approach, and an often quietly humorous one too: that the prospect of writing 'sad' music might make a composer happy—if there were a commission in prospect."—Michael Musgrave, University of London, British Journal of Aesthetics, January 2001

"Addis writes as one who is himself engaged in the composition and performance of music (as an orchestral double bassist), and his telling points are those concerning the arguable status of any causal relationship between music and emotion."—Library Journal, July 1999

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Pearl on July 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While this text is an interesting elaboration on ideas of Susanne Langer's ("Philosophy in a New Key") and others, the obtuse writing style, which unfortunately accompanies many philosophical comtemplations of this sort (cf. "Language, Music and Mind," by Diana Raffman), gets in the way of the ideas which it presents. Addis, in fact, seems to go out of his way to make each sentence as tangential as possible, with as many parenthetic clauses as one might imagine. Those reservations aside, it fulfills its mission of presenting the author's interesting contemplations on music and the mind.
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