Hiding in plain sight: The resurrection of grand theory through intellectual history

It is often said that grand theory is dead, while intellectual history lives. At the 'end of history' following the Cold War, anticipated by several 'ends' of history since the philosopher Hegel proclaimed Napoleon and himself the ends of political and philosophical history in the early nineteenth century, it became intellectually illegitimate to construct a … Continue reading Hiding in plain sight: The resurrection of grand theory through intellectual history

The matrix of music: Wrestling with a paradox

We are confronted with an inconsistent triad — these three things cannot all be true: 1. X is the greatest musician of all time, 2. X is the future of popular music, 3. X is almost completely unrecognised musically. A politico-philosophical paradox (a musical matrix). One of these three claims cannot be true for two … Continue reading The matrix of music: Wrestling with a paradox