Aristotle, Praxis, and Music Revisited: A Reply to Karen Hanson

Regelski, Thomas A.
March 2000
Philosophy of Music Education Review;Spring2000, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p46
Academic Journal
The article examines the essay written by philosopher Karen Hanson as a feedback to the essay entitled "The Aristotelian Bases of Praxis for Music and Music Education as Praxis." It argues that Hanson offers the opinion that Aristotle is not a helpful central reference point around which to organize the contributions of the American pragmatists. It is averred that she seems to assume that the essay would center on American pragmatism without knowing that the real intention is to focus on the Greek origins of the idea of praxis and to show contemporary relevance to music and music teaching. She also objects by offering that unelaborated opinion misleads to suggest that 19th and 20th century philosophers for whom praxis is a central notion are engaged in elaborating the ancient Greek notion.


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