Object-Oriented Philosophy. The Pinocchio Theory. Mark Abel’s book Groove: An Aesthetics of Measured Time, recently published in the Historical Materialsm book series, offers a new musicological and philosophical account of groove music — which is to say nearly all popular music, in the US and the Americas, and increasingly in other parts of the world as well, for the past hundred years — since at least the start of the 20th century.
Ultimately, Abel offers an Adornoesque defense of the very mass-industrially-produced music that Adorno himself despised. This in itself is incredibly useful, given how much of a stumbling-block Adorno has been for decades when it comes to thinking about music — you simply can’t dismiss him, but there are good reasons for refusing to go along with him. Abel starts by giving an overall definition of groove music — one that goes well beyond the relatively feeble attempts at definition that he cites from musical encyclopedias and from past commentators. All these characteristics are crucial.
Larval Subjects . Whitehead Research Project: Home Page. Whitehead Research Project: Occasions: Fourth International Conference. James J.
Bonois Associate Professor of History and of Medicine at the University at Buffalo, and chair of the Department of History. A Past-President of the Society for Literature and Science and founding editor (emeritus) of the journal, Configurations, he is the author of The Word of God and the Languages of Man: Interpreting Nature in Early Modern Science and Medicine, vol. 1, Ficino to Descartes (1995), and co-editor of Ethical Issues in Health Care on the Frontiers of the Twenty-First Century (2000), and of A Time for the Humanities: Futurity and the Limits of Autonomy (2008). Professor Bono has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; an Eccles Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah; and a recipient of several NSF grants. He spent 2006-07 as a NEH Senior Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library completing a draft of volume 2 of The Word of God and the Languages of Man. Speculative Heresy.
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