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Dance and the Philosophy of Action

by Graham McFee

Dance and the Philosophy of Action Synopsis

What discussions from philosophy should be brought to the aesthetics of dance? Approaches to philosophical aesthetics for dance should consider the various agencies of dance-maker (the choreographer), dance-instantiator (the dancer), and observer and commentator on dances (dance-audiences, but also dance critics). Here, Graham McFee builds on his previous works (Understanding Dance [Routledge, 1992]; The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance [Dance Books, 2011]) to offer a framework for philosophical investigation of dance aesthetics drawing on concepts from the philosophy of action crucial for making sense of artworks, especially in performing arts such as dance: meaning, intending and action. This text is suitable for introducing philosophy to relative beginners, drawing on an interest in dance-as-art. It displays the nuanced practice of philosophical debate via the delineation and exemplification of philosophical positions through criticism of others, and through responding to criticism. A rich if focused range of reference offers readers an opportunity to expand or to substantiate the conclusions drawn and arguments provided, in the context of examples of dance practice and theory: for instance, in the claims of neuroscience as well as the dance-criticism of John Martin, and the dance-making of Twyla Tharp.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781852731786
Publication date: 14th June 2018
Author: Graham McFee
Publisher: Dance Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 360 pages
Categories: Dance, Philosophy: aesthetics,

About Graham McFee

Graham McFee is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Brighton, UK, and at California State University Fullerton. He writes and lectures both nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics within philosophy, especially the aesthetics of dance and the philosophy of Wittgenstein. His books include Understanding Dance (1992), The Concept of Dance Education (1994/2004), Free Will (2000), Sport, Rules and Values (2004), Ethics, Knowledge and Truth in Sport Research (2010), Artistic Judgement (2011and The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance (2011)). He was formerly the Vice President of the British Society for Aesthetics.

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