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Of Mind and Music
In this fascinating account of the way in which we understand music, Laird Addis builds on the idea, first articulated by Susanne Langer, that passages of music symbolize emotions and other conscious states. He maintains that the unique bond joining music and feelings is based on a previously unnoticed affinity between consciousness and sound. Addis combines a scholar's in ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published November 4th 2004 by Cornell University Press
(first published 1999)
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While this text is an interesting elaboration on ideas of Susanne Langer's ("Philosophy in a New Key") and others, the obtuse writing style, which unfortunately accompanies many philosophical comtemplations of this sort (cf. "Language, Music and Mind," by Diana Raffman), gets in the way of the ideas which it presents. Addis, in fact, seems to go out of his way to make each sentence as tangential as possible, with as many parenthetic clauses as one might imagine. Those reservations aside, it fulf ...more