Music and Aesthetic Reality
Routledge – 2014 – 176 pages
In this volume, Zangwill develops a view of the nature of music and our experience of music that foregrounds the aesthetic properties of music. He focuses on metaphysical issues about aesthetic properties of music, psychological issues about the nature of musical experience, and philosophy of language issues about the metaphorical nature of aesthetic descriptions of music.
Among the innovations of this book, Zangwill addresses the limits of literal description, generally, and in the aesthetic case. He also explores the social and political issues about musical listening, which tend to be addressed more in continental traditions.
Introduction 1. Against Emotion 2. Music, Metaphor and Emotion 3. Music, Metaphor and Aesthetic Concepts 4. Music, Essential Metaphor, and Private Language 4. Music and Mysticism 5. Metaphor and Appropriation 6. Listening to Music Together 7. Scruton’s Musical Experiences 8. Music, Autism and Emotion 9. Musical Experience and Aesthetic Realism Conclusion
Nick Zangwill is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University, UK.