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Durham University

The Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Professor Andy Hamilton

Hamilton, Andy, Macarthur, David, Squires, Roger, Tugby, Matthew & Wiseman, Rachael (2019). Dialogue on Rhythm: Entrainment and the Dynamic Thesis. In The Philosophy of Rhythm: Aesthetics, Music, Poetics. Cheyne, Peter, Hamilton, Andy & Paddison, Max New York: Oxford University Press. 15-42.

Author(s) from Durham


The advantages of the dialogue form—in particular, the advantage of openness—have been
neglected in post-eighteenth-century philosophy. Unlike the currently dominant journal
article form, the present dialogue neither arrives at, nor seeks to impose, a definite
conclusion. Debate is left open. Knowledge in philosophy is dialogical. As love of
wisdom, philosophy pursues truth via challenging dialogue, knowing that it needs
opposing views to approach its aim. That aim is to arrive at truth, and the most fruitful
debate can help one get there.