2018-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Rocking and Reasoning: Randall Auxier’s Sharp Reflections on Rock Music, Philosophy and Life


/Review of Randall Auxier’s, Metaphysical Graffiti: Deep Cuts in the Philosophy of Rock (Chicago: Open Court, 2017), 396 pages./

“There’s a certain type of song that only the virtuoso poet-songwriter can pull off,” observes Randall Auxier.

It may even seem to be a genre in itself. Some examples everyone knows are Don McLean’s “American Pie,” Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and of course Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light.” … I am speaking of completely over-the-top, testosterone-laden, swash-bucking wordsmithery that only a young man (or a man with a young Muse) would even dare to attempt.

How to cite:

Sartwell, Crispin. “Rocking and Reasoning: Randall Auxier’s Sharp Reflections on Rock Music, Philosophy and Life.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 2, no. 4(6) (2018): 102-105. https://doi.org/10.26319/6920.


Crispin Sartwell
Department of Philosophy, Dickinson College
50 N. West St, Carlisle, PA 17013, USA

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