Aristotle on Music for Leisure

TitleAristotle on Music for Leisure
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsDestrée, P
EditorPhillips, T, D'Angour, A
Ancient AuthorsAristoteles et Corpus Aristotelicum Phil. (TLG 0086), Plato Phil. (TLG 0059)
Book TitleMusic, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780198794462
Abstract

This chapter deals with what Aristotle calls music ‘for pursuit in leisure’ (or in ‘cultivated leisure’) which he considers the most valuable ‘kind’ of music. In particular, it argues that the song or tune that corresponds to that music is what the musicologists of his time calls the ethical songs or tunes—except that when enjoying them in leisure, one is supposed to appreciate them without any ethical consequences, for their own sake alone. We can infer that the way music for pursuit in leisure must be enjoyed consists in the intellectual enjoyment of its order, symmetry, and definiteness. [https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198794462.001.0001/oso-9780198794462-chapter-9]

DOI10.1093/oso/9780198794462.003.0009

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