Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London, on 25 October 2010 at 4:15 p.m.
II—Rhythm and Stasis: A Major and Almost Entirely Neglected Philosophical Problem
Article first published online: 30 AUG 2011
© 2011 The Aristotelian Society
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback)
Volume 111, Issue 1pt1, pages 25–42, April 2011
How to Cite
Hamilton, A. (2011), II—Rhythm and Stasis: A Major and Almost Entirely Neglected Philosophical Problem. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback), 111: 25–42. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00297.x
- Issue published online: 30 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 30 AUG 2011
This article develops a dynamic account of rhythm as ‘order-in-movement’ that opposes static accounts of rhythm as abstract time, as essentially a pattern of possibly unstressed sounds and silences. This dynamic account is humanistic: it focuses on music as a humanly-produced, sonorous phenomenon, privileging the human as opposed to the abstract, or the organic or mechanical. It defends the claim that movement is the most fundamental conceptualization of music—the basic category in terms of which it is experienced—and suggests, against Scruton, that music literally and not merely metaphorically moves.