Projects

"Music, Mind, and Body, 1650-1850"

This book traces the role of music in theories of the mind and body, as well as the ways in which understandings of the mind and body have been historically applied to explain the effects of music during the period bookended by Descartes and Charcot.

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"The Hammers and the Bow: Western Polyphony, the Metaphysics of Unity, and the Concept of Harmony"

Heraclitus, invoking the tensed string of a bow, conceived harmony as the stasis and equilibrium of conflicting forces held in continuing tension. Plato in the Symposium rejects this view in favor of a concept of harmony in which all conflict must already have been resolved.

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"Sound and Sense in Britain, 1780-1840," co-edited with Dr. James Grande

Sound played a pivotal role in many reactions to post-Lockean empiricism, as vibration, harmony, rhythm, and resonance became widespread models for unconscious mental activity, sympathy, and affective response. 

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"The End of Pythagoreanism: Music Theory, Philosophy, and Science from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment"

The core beliefs of “Pythagoreanism”—that the order of our finite cosmos is provided by simple numerical ratios and proportions, and that these exercise a causal effect on the natural world, including the human organism, while simultaneously standing as exemplars of rationality...

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