Music, Art, and Metaphysics

Music, Art, and Metaphysics

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 144 x 225 x 34mm | 638g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 019959662X
  • 9780199596621
  • 1,352,416

Table of contents

Introduction ; 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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About Jerrold Levinson

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