Soul Music: Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown (Tracking Pop)

By Joel Rudinow

"Exceptionally illuminating and philosophically sophisticated."
---Ted Cohen, Professor of Philosophy, college of Chicago

"In this audacious and long-awaited e-book, Joel Rudinow takes heavily a variety of interrelated concerns that the majority track theorizing is embarrassed to take on. humans frequently question me approximately song and spirituality. With Soul song, i will be able to eventually suggest a booklet that provides actual philosophical perception into the topic."
---Theodore Gracyk, Professor of Philosophy, Minnesota kingdom collage Moorhead

The concept is as unusual because it is commonplace---that the "soul" in soul track is greater than only a identify, that by some means the track really faucets into anything crucial rooted within the non secular inspiration of the soul itself. Or is it unusual? From the civil rights flow and past, soul track has performed a key, undeniable function in moments of nationwide therapeutic. in fact, American well known song has lengthy been embroiled in controversies over its religious purity (or lack thereof). yet why? even though effortless it will probably appear to brush aside those rules and debates as old fashioned and in simple terms symbolic, they persist.

In Soul track: monitoring the non secular Roots of father from Plato to Motown, Joel Rudinow, a thinker of track, takes those odd notions and exposes them to severe scrutiny. How, Rudinow asks, does tune really paintings upon the soul, separately and jointly? And what does it suggest to claim that tune will be spiritually healing or poisonous? This illuminating, meditative exploration leads from the metaphysical suggestion of the soul to the legend of Robert Johnson to the philosophies of Plato and Leo Strauss to the heritage of race and racism in American pop culture to present scientific practices of song therapy.

Joel Rudinow teaches within the Philosophy and arts Departments at Santa Rosa Junior university and is the coauthor of Invitation to severe Thinking and the coeditor of Ethics and Values within the info Age.

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