Music, Art, and Metaphysics

Music, Art, and Metaphysics

by Jerrold Levinson

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This is a long-awaited reissue of Jerrold Levinson's 1990 book Music, Art, and Metaphysics, which gathers together the writings that made him a leading figure in contemporary aesthetics. Most of the essays are distinguished by a concern with metaphysical questions about artworks and their properties, but other essays address the problem of art's definition, the psychology of aesthetic response, and the logic of interpreting and evaluating works of art. The focus of about half of the essays is the art of music, the art of greatest interest to Levinson throughout his career. Many of the essays have been very influential, being among the most cited in contemporary aesthetics and having become essential references in debates on the definition of art, the ontology of art, emotional response to art, expression in art, and the nature of art forms.

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ISBN-13: 9780191615788
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 02/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Jerrold Levinson is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he has taught since 1976.

Table of Contents

Part One: Art and History
1: Defining Art Historically
2: Hybrid Art Forms
3: Refining Art Historically
Part Two: Metaphysics of Art
4: What a Musical Work Is
5: Autographic and Allographic Art
6: Aesthetic Uniqueness
7: Aesthetic Supervenience
8: Titles
9: Artworks and the Future
10: What a Musical Work Is, Again
Part Three: Musical Matters
11: The Concept of Music
12: Truth in Music
13: Music and Negative Emotion
14: Hope in The Hebrides
15: Evaluating Musical Performance

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