The meaning of music

Morris, Michael (2012) The meaning of music. Monist, 95 (4). pp. 556-586. ISSN 0026-9662

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Abstract

This paper defends a cognitivist account of the point of music as an art, according to which the point of music is to put us in a position of being right about the world. Such a view faces two objections: first that it requires all music to represent the world; secondly, that it makes the appreciation of music too dispassionate and disengaged. I consider what I take to be the two best arguments against the view that all music represents the world, and argue that they are uncompelling, before arguing that a representational view presents the best account of the meaning of music. And I argue that we can deal with the worry that a cognitivist view makes the appreciation of music too dispassionate by recognizing a particular kind of representation, one which involves a kind of impersonation, and in the case of music requires the listener to make herself part of the medium of representation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Depositing User: Michael Morris
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 16:39
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 12:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41260

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