Blues - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking Deep About Feeling Low

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Jesse R. Steinberg, Abrol Fairweather
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 3, 2012 - Music - 211 pages
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From B. B. King to Billie Holiday, blues music not only sounds good but has an almost universal appeal in its reflection of the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Its ability to powerfully touch on a range of social and emotional issues is philosophically inspiring, and here a diverse range of thinkers and musicians offer illuminating essays that make important connections between the human condition and the blues.

So, if nobody loves you but your Momma, open the pages and explore:

  • Blues and the human condition
  • Women and the blues
  • Why it can feel so good to feel so blue
  • The transformation of trauma and loss in the blues
  • Whether whites ripped off the blues

Blues - Philosophy for Everyone brings together intriguing insights into the connection between the blues and philosophy that will appeal to music lovers and philosophers alike.

 

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Contents

B B King in the Age
16
Wittgensteinian Reflections
25
The Blues as Cultural Expression
38
The Artistic Transformation of Trauma Loss
51
Why it Feels So Good to Feel So Blue
66
Coming Through the Dark
75
Blues and Catharsis
84
IF IT WERENT FOR BAD LUCKIWOULDNT
95
Blues as Musical Therapy
121
Religion
131
Blues as Story Song and Prayer
142
THE BLUE LIGHT WAS MY BABY AND
153
Did Whites RipOff the Blues?
176
Class Race and Gender
191
Philosophical Blues Songs
203
Copyright

Nobody Loves
111

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About the author (2012)

Jesse R. Steinberg is an assistant professor of philosophy and the director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  He has been a visiting professor at Victoria University in New Zealand, at the University of California at Riverside, and at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has published a number of articles on topics including philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and ethics. 

Abrol Fairweather is an instructor at San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.  He has published in the area of Virtue Epistemology and sustains interests in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and philosophy of language. He has contributed to popular culture volumes on Facebook and Dexter. The guitar, vocals, and lyrics of Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt are major influences.

Series editor:

Fritz Allhoff is an associate professor in the philosophy department at Western Michigan University, as well as a senior research fellow at the Australian National University's Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. In addition to editing the Philosophy for Everyone series, he is also the volume editor or co-editor for several titles, including Wine & Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey & Philosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food & Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007) His academic research interests engage various facets of applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history and philosophy of science.

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