Musical movement and aesthetic metaphors

British Journal of Aesthetics 43 (3):209-223 (2003)
Roger Scruton's extraordinarily rich and impressive book The Aesthetics of Music has not received the attention it deserves. In this paper I take issue with one of its most striking claims, namely that the basic perceptions of music are informed by spatial concepts understood metaphorically. To evaluate this claim it is necessary to grasp Scruton's theory of metaphor, which has largely been neglected. I sketch his theory and derive from it the essence of his claim about the fundamental role of spatial metaphors in musical experience. With the issue clarified in this way, I attempt to show that the claim is not plausible.
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DOI 10.1093/bjaesthetics/43.3.209
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Robert Grant (2012). Music, Metaphor and Society: Some Thoughts on Scruton. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 71:177-207.

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