Clarke & Clarke (eds), Music and Consciousness
A musical exploration of consciousness
The 20 chapters comprising Music and Consciousness collectively attempt to answer the question: “Does music simply offer an insight into consciousness—in principle no better or worse than a whole range of human activities….—or does it have a special claim in this respect that may be of broader significance?” (xix).1In other words, does the study of music contribute a unique and significant perspective to the study of consciousness? After finishing the volume, I am left with no definite answer. However, a poetic optimism that is nevertheless difficult to ground is kindled: in its own specific, but not insubstantial way, the study of music can potentially shine new light on basic phenomenological structures such as time consciousness, self-awareness, and embodiment.
Høffding, S. (2013). Review of Clarke & Clarke (eds), Music and Consciousness. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (4), pp. 877-882.
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