Oxford University Press (2000)

Abstract
Robert Sharpe examines the humanist conception of music as a language--as expressive and intelligible--which has been a dominant theory in Western culture. He argues against the view that music is expressive by causing certain states in us. Rather, he contends that our beliefs about music are integral to our appreciation of it. Differences in musical taste are then not just irresolvable differences in sensitivity, but the result of variations in circumstance and upbringing, of associations and ideology.
Keywords Music Philosophy and aesthetics  Music Psychological aspects
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Call number ML3845.S417 2000
ISBN(s) 0198238851   9780198238850
DOI 10.1093/mind/111.442.482
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