Neil Young and Philosophy, edited by Douglas L. Berger, explores the meanings, importance, and philosophical dimensions of the music, career, and life of this prolific singer/songwriter over the past five decades. Neil Young’s music has touched on a broad range of cultural, political and personal issues, all of which have enormous ongoing relevance for our own times. Young’s fans have always been drawn to him precisely because of his forthright confrontations with some of the most pressing concerns of life in North American society over the past half-century. His legacy calls for a Philosophy and Popular Culture volume dedicated to his work. In order to accommodate Young’s artistic breadth, contributions of scholars from a wide variety of fields, American Philosophy, Ethics, American Indian Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Psychology, Philosophy of Mind and Religious Studies are included in this collection. They examine everything from Young’s environmentalism, invocation of American Indian themes, images of women, and interpretations of human relationships to his confrontations with the music industry, his experiments with recording technologies, his approach to social change, and his methods of creativity. The book builds on the fundamental commitment of the Philosophy and Popular Culture series to see the artist as a philosopher.
Primal and Spontaneous: Neil Young’s Aesthetics of Authenticity
Neil Young and Creativity
Douglas L. Berger
Lawsuits, Master Narratives, and Artistic Commodification
Matthew W. Mitchell
Extended Mind and the Music of Trans
Neil Young: Lover of Sun, Moon—and Cars
Douglas R. Anderson
Neil Young and American Indians: Politics, Lyrics and Authenticity.
Memory and Relationships in the Work and Music of Neil Young
Images of Women in the Music and Life of Neil Young
Neil Young’s Search for the Simple Life
Andrew Watson and Simon Riches
Listening with Neil Young’s Vulnerable Voice and the Ethics of Care.