II—Rhythm and Stasis: A Major and Almost Entirely Neglected Philosophical Problem


  • Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London, on 25 October 2010 at 4:15 p.m.


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.