Christopher Peacocke's 'the perception of music'

British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (3):293-297 (2009)
Unlike the grasp of metaphor in natural language, there is in music a patent confusion of roles between the ‘tenor’ and ‘vehicle’ of a metaphor: the expressive content configures the metaphorical understanding of a musical moment as much as the experience of the musical moment shapes how we perceive expressive content. This observation prompts consideration of a model (different from Peacocke’s) in which a spiralling reciprocity of invertible metaphorical operations gives rise to the specificity of the aesthetic experience. On this account – it is argued – metaphorical processes in music function much like those in other art forms
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DOI 10.1093/aesthj/ayp021
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