David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (2):169-178 (2002)
It has been persuasively argued that music refers. For example, a passage that resembles the demeanour of people under the sway of emotion E is seen as itself being E and, thus, as referring to E. Yet what is the purpose of such reference? Serious music, I say, works as a proof. A passage that refers to E is cast as a well-formed formula in a calculus. That formula is then creatively developed in accordance with the rules of that calculus (e.g. harmony and counterpoint in classical music). As in scientific proofs, intermediary generated formulae need not have external meaning over and above the character they have due to their role in the formal sequence. Yet finally a formula is derived that does have external meaning; for example, it refers to emotion F. The composer has thus fictionally proved that E is equal to F, e.g. that hope is futile or that love conquers all.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
David Carr (2004). Music, Meaning, and Emotion. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (3):225–234.
Similar books and articles
Carolyn Beckingham (2009). Moribund Music: Can Classical Music Be Saved? Sussex Academic Press.
Eddy Zemach & Tamara Balter (2007). The Structure of Irony and How It Functions in Music. In Kathleen Stock (ed.), Philosophers on Music: Experience, Meaning, and Work. Oxford University Press.
Nick Zangwill (2009). Appropriate Musical Metaphors. Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 20 (38).
Michael Saffle (2006). Music and Tv. Style and Ascription in American Television Police Drama Theme Music / Ronald Rodman ; Saving the Earth with a Dominant Chord and Some Delay : Cartoon Music Themes in Italian Tv / Dario Martinelli ; Toward a Semiotics of Music Appreciation as Ownership : Bernstein's Young People's Concerts and "Educational" Music Television. In Erkki Pekkilä, David Neumeyer & Richard Littlefield (eds.), Music, Meaning and Media. University of Helsinki.
Erkki Pekkilä, David Neumeyer & Richard Littlefield (eds.) (2006). Music, Meaning and Media. University of Helsinki.
Daniel K. L. Chua (1999). Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning. Cambridge University Press.
Eddy Zemach & Tamara Balter (2007). Musical Meaning . Can Music Function as a Metaphor of Emotional Life? / Jenefer Robinson ; The Structure of Irony and How It Functions in Music. In Kathleen Stock (ed.), Philosophers on Music: Experience, Meaning, and Work. Oxford University Press.
Jenefer Robinson (ed.) (1997). Music & Meaning. Cornell University Press.
Leonard B. Meyer (1956). Emotion and Meaning in Music. [Chicago]University of Chicago Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads27 ( #72,644 of 1,413,371 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #154,345 of 1,413,371 )
How can I increase my downloads?