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The Philosophy of Improvisation

Gary Peters


Improvisation is usually either lionized as an ecstatic experience of being in the moment or disparaged as the thoughtless recycling of clichés. Eschewing both of these orthodoxies, this book ranges across the arts—from music to theater, dance to comedy—and considers the improvised dimension of philosophy itself in order to elaborate an innovative concept of improvisation. The author turns to many of the major thinkers within continental philosophy—including Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno, Immanuel Kant, Walter Benjamin, and Gilles Deleuze—offering readings of their refl ... More

Keywords: improvisation, music, theater, dance, comedy, philosophy, creative process, Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226662787
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226662800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Peters, author