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

By Saam Trivedi

Articulates an imaginationist method to the query of ways basically instrumental song will be perceived through a listener as having emotional content.

Both musicians and laypersons can understand in simple terms instrumental track with no phrases or an linked tale or application as expressing feelings corresponding to happiness and disappointment. yet how? during this ebook, Saam Trivedi discusses and evaluations the top philosophical ways to this query, together with formalism, metaphorism, expression theories, arousalism, resemblance theories, and personality theories. discovering those to be insufficient, he advocates an “imaginationist” answer, during which absolute tune is absolutely not or actually unhappy yet is barely alleged to be so in various methods. specifically, he argues that we as listeners animate the song ourselves, imaginatively projecting existence and psychological states onto it. Bolstering his argument with empirical facts from stories in neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive technological know-how, Trivedi additionally addresses and explores higher philosophical questions similar to the character of feelings, metaphors, and imagination.

Saam Trivedi is affiliate Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn collage, urban college of latest York.

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