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Peter Kivy (b. October 22, 1934) is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University. He studies aesthetics and the philosophy of art, particularly the philosophy of music.

He earned master's degrees in both philosophy (University of Michigan, 1958) and musicology (Yale University, 1960). He earned his PhD at Columbia University in 1966. He joined the faculty at Rutgers the following year, and became full professor in 1976. He taught there for his whole career except one year as a visiting professor at University of California, Santa Barbara.

His early work is on the eighteenth-century British aesthetics, and was influenced by Francis Hutcheson. From there he developed an interest in analytic aesthetics. From the late 1970s on, he has been interested mainly in music philosophy. His book The Corded Shell made him a central figure in music aesthetics.

One preoccupation of his has been the problem of what it means for instrumental music to "express" an emotion. His answer is that common emotions have physical behavioral expression in people that can be understood by appearance and imitated in music; thus, music cannot express more complex emotions that do not have an obvious behavioral expression. A similar position is followed by Stephen Davies.

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Total Books: 34
De Gustibus Arguing About Taste and Why We Do It
Sounding Off Eleven Essays in the Philosophy of Music
Once-Told Tales An Essay in Literary Aesthetics
2011 - Once-told Tales an Essay in Literary Aesthetics (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780470657676
ISBN-10: 0470657677
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
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Antithetical Arts On the Ancient Quarrel Between Literature and Music
The Performance of Reading An Essay in the Philosophy of Literature
2008 - The Performance of Reading an Essay in the Philosophy of Literature [New Directions in Aesthetics] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781405188234
ISBN-10: 1405188235
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference, Nonfiction
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Music Language and Cognition And Other Essays in the Aesthetics of Music
Filosofia della musica Un'introduzione
2007 - Filosofia Della Musica Un'introduzione (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788806185886
ISBN-10: 8806185888
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Nuevos Ensayos Sobre La Compresion Musical/new Essays on the Comprehension of Music
2005 - Nuevos Ensayos Sobre La Compresion Musical/new Essays on the Comprehension of Music [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788449317422
ISBN-10: 8449317428
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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Kiwi vom Samen bis auf Ihren Teller
2003 - Kiwi Vom Samen Bis Auf Ihren Teller (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781877339011
ISBN-10: 1877339016
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The Seventh Sense Francis Hutcheson and Eighteenth-Century British Aesthetics
2003 - The Seventh Sense Francis Hutcheson and Eighteenth-century British Aesthetics (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780199260010
ISBN-10: 019926001X
Genre: History
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Introduction to a Philosophy of Music
2002 - Introduction to a Philosophy of Music (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780198250470
ISBN-10: 0198250479
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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New Essays on Musical Understanding
2001 - New Essays on Musical Understanding (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780198250838
ISBN-10: 0198250835
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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The Possessor and the Possessed Handel Mozart Beethoven and the Idea of Musical Genius
Osmin's Rage Philosophical Reflections on Opera Drama and Text With a New Final Chapter
Authenticities Philosophical Reflections on Musical Performance
Philosophies of Arts  An Essay in Differences
1997 - Philosophies of Arts an Essay in Differences (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521591782
ISBN-10: 0521591783
Genres: Nonfiction, Substores
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The Fine Art of Repetition  Essays in the Philosophy of Music
Music Alone Philosophical Reflections on the Purely Musical Experience
Sound Sentiment An Essay on the Musical Emotions Including the Complete Text of the Corded Shell
1989 - Sound Sentiment an Essay on the Musical Emotions Including the Complete Text of the Corded Shell [The Arts and Their Philosophies Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780877226772
ISBN-10: 0877226776
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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Osmin's Rage Philosophical Reflections on Opera Drama and Text
The Corded Shell Reflections on Musical Expression
The Corded Shell Reflections on Musical Expression [Princeton Essays on the Arts] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780691072586
ISBN-10: 0691072582
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