Critical Performances

Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy (3):89-104 (2012)
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Abstract

Philosophers of music commonly distinguish performative from critical interpretations. I would like to suggest that the distinction between critical and performative interpretations is well captured by an analogy to legal critics and judges. This parallel draws attention to several features of performative interpretation that are typically overlooked, and deemphasizes epistemic problems with performative interpretations that I believe are typically blown out of proportion and ultimately fail to capture interesting features of performative interpretation. There is an important distinction to be made between critical and performative interpretation, but its source lies in a difference between the authority of critical and performative interpretations.

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Jonathan A. Neufeld
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The philosophy of music.Andrew Kania - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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