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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2013, Vol. 8 Issue (2) : 332-348
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Music and the Representation of Emotion
James O. Young()
Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria, Victoria 3045, V8W3P4, Canada
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The claim that many musical works are representational is highly controversial. The formalist view that music is pure form and without any, or any significant, representational content is widely held. Two facts about music are, however, well-established by empirical science: Music is heard as resembling human expressive behaviour and music arouses ordinary emotions. This paper argues that it follows from these facts that music also represents human expressive behaviour and ordinary emotions.

Keywords philosophy of music      representation      music and emotion      musical formalism     
Corresponding Authors: James O. Young,   
Issue Date: 05 June 2013
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James O. Young. Music and the Representation of Emotion[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2013, 8(2): 332-348.
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