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By Peter Kivy

ISBN-10: 0199562806

ISBN-13: 9780199562800

Antithetical Arts constitutes a defence of musical formalism opposed to those that might placed literary interpretations at the absolute track canon. partially I, the historic origins of either the literary interpretation of absolute tune and musical formalism are laid out. partly II, particular makes an attempt to place literary interpretations on numerous works of absolutely the tune canon are tested and criticized. eventually, partly III, the query is raised as to what the human importance of absolute track is, if it doesn't lie in its representational or narrative content material. the answer's that, as but, philosophy has no solution, and that the query could be thought of a major one for philosophers of artwork to contemplate, and to attempt to reply to with out entice representational or narrative content material.

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Bernard (New York: Hafner, 1951), 60 (§14). designs à la grecque 33 still in no way doubt . . ’’⁶ The reading of the third edition completely reverses the meaning of the sentence from apparently denying that we actually perceive sound vibrations cognitively, rather than just sensing their effect, to apparently affirming that that is exactly what we do. Which is the authentic reading? The version of the first and second editions certainly seems to make it a more plausible claim, at least if we are interpreting Kant correctly here.

As Kant puts it, ‘‘Every expression in language has an associated tone suited to its sense. ’’¹⁴ The point is, then, that if the speaker expresses, say, anger in her speech, the angry tone of her expression will evoke, which I think is to say will arouse, anger in the hearer, empathetically, and this will then provoke the hearer to have the concept which that expressive tone is associated with, namely the concept of anger. Music, Kant thinks, follows the very same routine; and, furthermore, it goes beyond it.

Critique of Aesthetic Judgement, 175–6 (§49). designs à la grecque 37 Artworks do indeed have manifest content, susceptible of paraphrase, and this content does indeed perform a vital function: it sets going a train of aesthetic ideas. ’’¹³ It is this ‘‘crowd of sensations and secondary representations for which no expression can be found,’’ which is to say, the aesthetic ideas, that constitutes the art-relevant content of the fine arts: the arts of the beautiful. But absolute music, too, on Kant’s view, possesses both manifest content and aesthetic ideas that that content sets in train.

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