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Contemplating ArtEssays in Aesthetics$
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Jerrold Levinson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206179.001.0001

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Musical Expressiveness as Hearability‐as‐Expression

Musical Expressiveness as Hearability‐as‐Expression

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(p.91) 6 Musical Expressiveness as Hearability‐as‐Expression
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Contemplating Art
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Jerrold Levinson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206179.003.0007

This essay defends the analysis that music is expressive of an emotion or other mental state insofar as it induces one to hear it as the personal or personlike expression of that mental state. Various competing theories of musical expressiveness, notably those of Malcolm Budd, Stephen Davies, Robert Stecker, and Roger Scruton, are submitted to critical examination.

Keywords:   music, emotion, mental state, expression, Malcolm Budd, Stephen Davies, Robert Stecker, Roger Scruton

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