Philosophy of the Performing Arts
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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“This is a remarkable and remarkably useful book, and for much the same reason … The other result is that professionals in the philosophy of art will have to rise to the challenge. Davies has set the bar very high.” (Oxford Journals Clippings, 4 May 2012)"Philosophy of the Performing Arts is a careful and detailed study in analytic philosophical aesthetics ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students through professional/practitioners." (Choice, 1 January 2012) "David Davies' Philosophy of the Performing Arts is a long-awaited book. For not since Paul Thom's For an Audience has a book in the Anglo-American philosophical tradition focused so clearly, exclusively, informatively and fairly on all of the performing arts. I will use David Davies' The Performing Arts in my classes."
—James Hamilton, Kansas State University, author of The Art of Theater
"In this outstanding philosophical study, David Davies subjects the different, conflicting literatures characterizing works, performances, and their relationships to critical review en route to developing his own integrated theory. Covering classical music to jazz, Shakespeare to Brecht, dance to performance art, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the performing arts."
—Stephen Davies, University of Auckland, author of The Philosophy of Art