Philosophy Faculty Publications

Document Type

Encyclopedia Entry

Publication Date


Publication Source

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


This encyclopedia entry surveys the field of philosophy of dance both within and beyond Western philosophical aesthetics.




This entry, downloaded from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Nov. 25, 2019, is provided for download from the repository with the permission of the author. Permission documentation is on file. It is an archived version of a dynamic online resource; as such, it may be revised in the future; to be assured of the most current version, please consult the online resource via the link provided.

This entry was first published in January of 2015; the first substantive revision to the online version was made on November 19, 2019. The document available for download is the 2019 edition; the original version, available as a supplemental file on this record (see below), includes a canvass of some of the history of the philosophy of dance as it existed and had developed in western philosophical aesthetics.

In that domain, dance is treated as a meaning-making and often communicative, expressive or representational theater or concert art that is practiced and performed for audience appreciation.


The Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), Stanford University

Place of Publication

Stanford, CA


dance, philosophy, philosophy of art, aesthetics, performance philosophy

Philosophy_of_Dance_2015.pdf (276 kB)
First Version (including history)

Link to published version