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Some Philosophical Problems of Music Theory (and some Music-Theoretic Problems of Philosophy)

Rickles, Dean (2017) Some Philosophical Problems of Music Theory (and some Music-Theoretic Problems of Philosophy). Thinking about Science, Reflecting on Art. pp. 119-139.

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Abstract

Meter and tonality in the context of music theory offer fertile ground for a transfer of ideas between philosophy of science, aesthetics, and music theory itself. Firstly, there are well formulated models of the phenomena fit for philosophy of science-oriented analysis. Secondly, tonality and meter straddle the objective/subjective divide so that attempts to formally model them are left representationally ambiguous (as to what is being represented in the models). In this chapter I draw out, in a very preliminary way, these and other points of interest and suggest a way of resolving the ambiguity by employing Arthur Eddington’s little-known position of ‘selective subjectivism.’


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Rickles, Deandean.rickles@sydney.edu.au
Keywords: Music, meter, tonality, Eddington,
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr Dean Rickles
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2023 17:46
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2023 17:46
Item ID: 22523
Journal or Publication Title: Thinking about Science, Reflecting on Art
Publisher: Routledge
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315114927-8
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2017
Page Range: pp. 119-139
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22523

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