This book review attempts to interpret the meaning and value of Gary Peters’ book in a way that is true to the kind of book, an experimental improvisation, that it purports to be. As such, it grapples with the difficulties of evaluating the merits of a philosophical discussion within a book that claims not to be philosophy and case studies in performance that beg the question of whether they accurately exemplify the (non-)philosophy they are meant to support. Despite these difficulties, this review ends with the conclusion that this book does, in fact, convey something essential about the nature of improvisation, even if it does so ironically, by demonstrating the benefits and limits of what improvisational riffs on philosophy can be.
CRAL (Centre de recherche sur les arts et le langage)
Bresnahan, Aili W., "Review: 'Improvising Improvisation: From Out of Philosophy, Music, Dance, and Literature'" (2018). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 180.