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    In the context of mourning, human beings often turn to aesthetic activity. Kathleen Higgins, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, argues that the aesthetic sphere has certain characteristic capabilities that make it especially well suited for helping one deal with some of the challenges occasioned by bereavement. Among these are the achievement of coherence among seemingly incongruent elements, the use of indirect means of communication and deferred routes to gratificati…Read more
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    Biology and Culture in Musical Emotions
    Emotion Review 4 (3): 273-282. 2012.
    In this article I show that although biological and neuropsychological factors enable and constrain the construction of music, culture is implicated on every level at which we can indicate an emotion-music connection. Nevertheless, music encourages an affective sense of human affiliation and security, facilitating feelings of transcultural solidarity
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    Confucius’ Opposition to the “New Music”
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 16 (3): 309-323. 2017.
    Confucius condemned Zheng 鄭 and Wei 衛 music, which had widespread popular appeal. He may have expected music to display fundamental patterns in the natural world and thriving human relationships, tasks that could be compromised by irregular and relatively complicated music like that of Zheng and Wei. He was also convinced that Zheng and Wei music would motivate undisciplined behavior in listeners. A third consideration may have been that even if some benefits of participation would derive from m…Read more
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    Social Dynamics and Mixed Emotions
    Emotion Review 4 (3): 289-290. 2012.
    The commentators collectively indicate a variety of further considerations that should factor into an account of musical emotion beyond those I consider. I agree that we should seek a more holistic account of musical experience and provide some of my own suggestions toward this end in light of their remarks
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    Louis H. Mackey, 1926-2004
    with Alex P. D. Mourelatos and Robert C. Solomon
    Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 78 (5). 2005.
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    Kitsch and Art
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 56 (4): 410-412. 1998.
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    A Passion for Wisdom: A Very Brief History of Philosophy
    with Robert C. Solomon
    Oup Usa. 1997.
    Perfect for readers eager to acquire a basic familiarity with the history of philosophy but intimidated by the task, A Passion for Wisdom is a lively, accessible, and highly enjoyable tour of the world's great ideas.
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    with Joel Rudinow
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 (2): 109-118. 1999.
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    Monique Roelofs’s The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic is groundbreaking in its nuanced account of the potential and limitations of the aesthetic for creating a more just, humane world. Particularly timely are Roelofs’s analyses of the ways in which racial and gender stereotypes are reinforced and the operations of what she calls “racialized aesthetic nationalism,” the tendencies of aesthetic values to shore up schisms along racial, ethnic, and national lines. I raise questions, however, about …Read more
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    9. Moral Equivalents
    In Roger T. Ames Peter D. Hershock (ed.), Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence, University of Hawaii Press. pp. 185-197. 2015.
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    The Age of German Idealism: Routledge History of Philosophy Volume Vi (edited book)
    with Robert C. Solomon
    Routledge. 1993.
    The turn of the nineteenth century marked a rich and exciting explosion of philosophical energy and talent. The enormity of the revolution set off in philosophy by Immanuel Kant was comparable, by Kant's own estimation, with the Copernican Revolution that ended the Middle Ages. The movement he set in motion, the fast-moving and often cantankerous dialectic of `German Idealism', inspired some of the most creative philosophers in modern times: including G.W.F. Hegel and Arthur Schopenhauer as well…Read more
  • The Cambridge Companion to Nietzsche (edited book)
    with Don Garrett, Bernd Magnus, and Kathleen Marie Higgins
    Cambridge University Press. 1996.
    The significance of Friedrich Nietzsche for twentieth century culture is now no longer a matter of dispute. He was quite simply one of the most influential of modern thinkers. The opening essay of this 1996 Companion provides a chronologically organised introduction to and summary of Nietzsche's published works, while also providing an overview of their basic themes and concerns. It is followed by three essays on the appropriation and misappropriation of his writings, and a group of essays explo…Read more
  • What Nietzsche Really Said
    with Robert C. Solomon
    . 2000.
  • From Africa to Zen an Invitation to World Philosophy (edited book)
    with Robert C. Solomon
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 1993.
    In the second edition of this groundbreaking text in non-Western philosophy, sixteen experts introduce some of the great philosophical traditions in the world. The essays unveil exciting, sophisticated philosophical traditions that are too often neglected in the western world. The contributors include the leading scholars in their fields, but they write for students coming to these concepts for the first time. Building on revisions and updates to the original, this new edition also considers thr…Read more
  • Comparative Aesthetics
    In Jerrold Levinson (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics, Oxford University Press. 2003.