• Simon Høffding
Part of the New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science book series (NDPCS)


This chapter engages with the question of whether musical absorption is not some kind of “flow” experience. I analyze Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of flow to draw a twofold negative conclusion to the question. Firstly, the theory is so general and conceptually underspecifying, especially with regard to the nature of self-awareness, that more or less any pleasant experience might instantiate flow: as such it is not falsifiable. Secondly, in spite of its generality, a number of DSQ experiences are incompatible with the theory as its predictions on the relation between challenge and skill do not hold.

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  • Simon Høffding
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  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway

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