The Musical Representation: Meaning, Ontology, and Emotion

The Musical Representation: Meaning, Ontology, and Emotion

by Charles O. Nussbaum

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ISBN-13: 9780262517454
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/13/2012
Series: A Bradford Book
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles O. Nussbaum is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Jesse J. Prinz

Drawing on a breathtaking range of sources, Nussbaum develops a powerful case for the thesis that musical meaning is embodied, and he uses this to provide an ingenious account of how music influences our emotions. This book is hugely inventive, humblingly ambitious, and chock full of ideas that will significantly advance the study of musical cognition.

Lawrence Zbikowski

Charles Nussbaum has given us an extraordinarily rich book, which uses the tools of analytic philosophy and the resources of cognitive science to explore the delightful mystery that is human musical experience. Those with an interest in aesthetics, in connections between cognitive science and the humanities, and in the tradition of instrumental music that stretches from Mozart and Beethoven through Mahler and Shostakovich will find this compelling reading.

Anthony Cascardi

Charles Nussbaum goes a long way towards unraveling the mystery of musical experience. The Musical Representation ranges brilliantly over the representational, somatic, and affective dimensions of Western music. Nussbaum's arguments are at once sharp and subtle, and his knowledge of Western music is impressive. The Musical Representation is an exciting volume, bound to inspire new ideas among philosophers, cognitive scientists, aestheticians, and just about anyone else interested in the experience of music.

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Drawing on a breathtaking range of sources, Nussbaum develops a powerful case for the thesis that musical meaning is embodied, and he uses this to provide an ingenious account of how music influences our emotions. This book is hugely inventive, humblingly ambitious, and chock full of ideas that will significantly advance the study of musical cognition.

Jesse J. Prinz, John J. Rogers Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, and author of Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and Their Perceptual Basis

From the Publisher

Charles Nussbaum has given us an extraordinarily rich book, which uses the tools of analytic philosophy and the resources of cognitive science to explore the delightful mystery that is human musical experience. Those with an interest in aesthetics, in connections between cognitive science and the humanities, and in the tradition of instrumental music that stretches from Mozart and Beethoven through Mahler and Shostakovich will find this compelling reading.

Lawrence Zbikowski, Department of Music, University of Chicago

Charles Nussbaum goes a long way towards unraveling the mystery of musical experience. The Musical Representation ranges brilliantly over the representational, somatic, and affective dimensions of Western music. Nussbaum's arguments are at once sharp and subtle, and his knowledge of Western music is impressive. The Musical Representation is an exciting volume, bound to inspire new ideas among philosophers, cognitive scientists, aestheticians, and just about anyone else interested in the experience of music.

Anthony Cascardi, University of California, Berkeley

Drawing on a breathtaking range of sources, Nussbaum develops a powerful case for the thesis that musical meaning is embodied, and he uses this to provide an ingenious account of how music influences our emotions. This book is hugely inventive, humblingly ambitious, and chock full of ideas that will significantly advance the study of musical cognition.

Jesse J. Prinz, John J. Rogers Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, and author of Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and Their Perceptual Basis

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