Imagination, Music, and the Emotions: A Philosophical Study by Saam Trivedi

By Saam Trivedi

Articulates an imaginationist technique to the query of ways in basic terms instrumental song could be perceived by means of a listener as having emotional content.

Both musicians and laypersons can understand merely instrumental tune with out phrases or an linked tale or software as expressing feelings corresponding to happiness and unhappiness. yet how? during this e-book, Saam Trivedi discusses and reviews the best philosophical ways to this question, together with formalism, metaphorism, expression theories, arousalism, resemblance theories, and character theories. discovering those to be insufficient, he advocates an “imaginationist” answer, through which absolute track is absolutely not or actually unhappy yet is simply purported to be so in numerous methods. specifically, he argues that we as listeners animate the tune ourselves, imaginatively projecting existence and psychological states onto it. Bolstering his argument with empirical information from stories in neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive technological know-how, Trivedi additionally addresses and explores higher philosophical questions akin to the character of feelings, metaphors, and imagination.

Saam Trivedi is affiliate Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn university, urban collage of recent York.

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