Imagination Music and the Emotions

Author: Saam Trivedi
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9781438467177
Release Date: 2017-08-07
Genre: Philosophy

Articulates an imaginationist solution to the question of how purely instrumental music can be perceived by a listener as having emotional content. Both musicians and laypersons can perceive purely instrumental music without words or an associated story or program as expressing emotions such as happiness and sadness. But how? In this book, Saam Trivedi discusses and critiques the leading philosophical approaches to this question, including formalism, metaphorism, expression theories, arousalism, resemblance theories, and persona theories. Finding these to be inadequate, he advocates an “imaginationist” solution, by which absolute music is not really or literally sad but is only imagined to be so in a variety of ways. In particular, he argues that we as listeners animate the music ourselves, imaginatively projecting life and mental states onto it. Bolstering his argument with empirical data from studies in neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive science, Trivedi also addresses and explores larger philosophical questions such as the nature of emotions, metaphors, and imagination.

Emotion and Imagination

Author: Adam Morton
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745664477
Release Date: 2013-07-10
Genre: Philosophy

Recent years have seen an enormous amount of philosophical research into the emotions and the imagination, but as yet little work has been done to connect the two. In his engaging and highly original new book, Adam Morton shows that all emotions require some form of imagination and goes on to fully explore the link between these two important concepts both within philosophy and in everyday life. We may take it for granted that complex emotions, such as hope and resentment, require a rich thinking and an engagement with the imagination, but Morton shows how more basic and responsive emotions such as fear and anger also require us to take account of possibilities and opportunities beyond the immediate situation. Interweaving a powerful tapestry of subtle argument with vivid detail, the book highlights that many emotions, more than we tend to suppose, require us to imagine a situation from a particular point of view and that this in itself can be the source of further emotional feeling. Morton goes on to demonstrate the important role that emotions play in our moral lives, throwing light on emotions such as self-respect, disapproval, and remorse, and the price we pay for having them. He explores the intricate nature of moral emotions and the challenges we face when integrating our thinking on morality and the emotions. This compelling and thought-provoking new book challenges many assumptions about the nature of emotion and imagination and will appeal to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the role that these concepts play in our lives. The book also has far reaching implications that will spark debate amongst scholars and students for some time to come.

Emotion Imagination and the Limits of Reason

Author: Talia Morag
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317220473
Release Date: 2016-06-17
Genre: Philosophy

The emotions pose many philosophical questions. We don't choose them; they come over us spontaneously. Sometimes emotions seem to get it wrong: we experience wrongdoing but do not feel anger, feel fear but recognise there is no danger. Yet often we expect emotions to be reasonable, intelligible and appropriate responses to certain situations. How do we explain these apparent contradictions? Emotion, Imagination, and the Limits of Reason presents a bold new picture of the emotions that challenges prevailing philosophical orthodoxy. Talia Morag argues that too much emphasis has been placed on the "reasonableness" of emotions and far too little on two neglected areas: the imagination and the unconscious. She uses these to propose a new philosophical and psychoanalytic conception of the emotions that challenges the perceived rationality of emotions; views the emotions as fundamental to determining one's self-image; and bases therapy on the ability to "listen" to one’s emotional episode as it occurs. Emotion, Imagination, and the Limits of Reason is one of the first books to connect philosophical research on the emotions to psychoanalysis. It will be essential reading for those studying ethics, the emotions, moral psychology and philosophy of psychology as well as those interested in psychoanalysis.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination

Author: Amy Kind
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317329459
Release Date: 2016-01-22
Genre: Philosophy

Imagination occupies a central place in philosophy, going back to Aristotle. However, following a period of relative neglect there has been an explosion of interest in imagination in the past two decades as philosophers examine the role of imagination in debates about the mind and cognition, aesthetics and ethics, as well as epistemology, science and mathematics. This outstanding Handbook contains over thirty specially commissioned chapters by leading philosophers organised into six clear sections examining the most important aspects of the philosophy of imagination, including: Imagination in historical context: Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Husserl, and Sartre What is imagination? The relation between imagination and mental imagery; imagination contrasted with perception, memory, and dreaming Imagination in aesthetics: imagination and our engagement with music, art, and fiction; the problems of fictional emotions and ‘imaginative resistance’ Imagination in philosophy of mind and cognitive science: imagination and creativity, the self, action, child development, and animal cognition Imagination in ethics and political philosophy, including the concept of 'moral imagination' and empathy Imagination in epistemology and philosophy of science, including learning, thought experiments, scientific modelling, and mathematics. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, aesthetics, and ethics. It will also be a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as psychology and art.

Intuition Imagination and Philosophical Methodology

Author: Tamar Gendler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199589760
Release Date: 2010-12-09
Genre: Philosophy

Tamar Gendler draws together a series of essays in which she investigates philosophical methodology, and shows the value for philosophy of empirical psychology. Three intertwined themes run through the volume: imagination, intuition and philosophical methodology: Gendler explores how we engage with subject matter that we take to be imaginary.

The Emotions

Author: Peter Goldie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199253048
Release Date: 2002-08-01
Genre: Philosophy

Peter Goldie opens the path to a deeper understanding of our emotional lives through a lucid philosophical exploration of this surprisingly neglected topic. He illuminates the phenomena of emotion by drawing not only on philosophy but also on literature and science. He considers the roles of culture and evolution in the development of our emotional capabilities. He examines the links between emotion, mood, and character, and places the emotions in the context of such related phenomena as consciousness, thought, feeling, and imagination. He explains how it is that we are able to make sense of our own and other people's emotions, and how we can explain the very human things which emotions lead us to do. A key theme of The Emotions is the idea of a personal perspective or point of view, contrasted with the impersonal stance of the empirical sciences. Goldie argues that it is only from the personal point of view that thoughts, reasons, feelings, and actions come into view. He suggests that there is a tendency for philosophers to over-intellectualize the emotions, and investigates how far it is possible to explain emotions in terms of rationality. Over-intellectualizing can also involve neglecting the centrality of feelings, and Goldie shows how to put them where they belong, as part of the intentionality of emotional experience, directed towards the world from a point of view. Goldie argues that the various elements of emotional experience—including thought, feeling, bodily change, and expression—are tied together in a narrative structure. To make sense of one's emotional life one has to see it as part of a larger unfolding narrative. The narrative is not simply an interpretative framework of a life: it is what that life is. Goldie concludes by applying these ideas in a close study of one particular emotion: jealousy. This fascinating book gives an accessible but penetrating exploration of a subject that is important but mysterious to all of us. Any reader interested in emotion, and its role in our understanding of our lives, will find much to think about here.

Music the Brain and Ecstasy

Author: Robert Jourdain
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
ISBN: UOM:39015035735375
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Music

Drawing on advances in neurophysiology, psychology, music theory, and philosophy, the author explores the connections humans form with music and the physical and mental reactions music produces in us

Imagination and the Meaningful Brain

Author: Arnold H. Modell
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026213425X
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Philosophy

An exploration of the biology of meaning that integrates the role of subjective processes with current knowledge of brain/mind function.

Aesthetic Science

Author: Arthur P. Shimamura
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 9780199732142
Release Date: 2012-01-02
Genre: Psychology

What does it mean to have an "aesthetic" experience? In this book, philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists address the nature of aesthetic experiences from their own discipline's perspective. These scholars discuss whether a multidisciplinary approach, an aesthetic science, can help connect mind, brain, and aesthetics.

An Early History of Compassion

Author: Françoise Mirguet
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107146266
Release Date: 2017-10-12
Genre: Religion

An Early History of Compassion explores the role of the emotional imagination within the context of Roman imperialism.

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music

Author: Theodore Gracyk
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136821882
Release Date: 2011-02-14
Genre: Music

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music is an outstanding guide and reference source to the key topics, subjects, thinkers and debates in philosophy and music. Essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, music and musicology.

Music and Its Lovers An Empirical Study of Emotional and Imaginative Responses to Music

Author: Vernon Lee
Publisher: Thomas Press
ISBN: 9781443726160
Release Date: 2008-11
Genre: Music

MUSIC AND ITS LOVERS AH EMPIRICAL STUDY 0. MOTIONAL AND fif CJINATIVE RESPONSES TO MUSIC VERNQN LEE S LITT. D NEW YORK E. P, DUTTON AND CO, INC lit U.. A, 1933 Ell rigkis PRINTBD IN ORBAT BRITAIN BY UNWIN BROTHERS LTD, WOK11 J DEDICATION AND THANKSGIVING This book based upon their answers to my Questionnaires I dedicate, after more than twenty years, to all my Answerers, known or unknown to me, living and, alas, also dead. But quite specially to the memory of BESSIE AND ISABELLA FORD OF ADEL And now that the book is actually going to the Printers let me also congratulate myself very gratefully that the same admirable collaborator, Irene Cooper Willis, to whom I owe so much help in the early stages of this work, should be able and willing to edit and pass it through the press when finished. CONTENTS PREFACE AIMS AND METHODS 13 PART I LISTENERS AND HEARERS CHAPTER PACE I, VARIETIES OF MUSICAL EXPERIENCE 23 ii. WHAT is LISTENING 35 III. THE EMOTION OF MUSIC, iv, COMPLICATIONS AND ENTANGLEMENTS 59 v. ANCESTORS OF EMOTION 66 VI. EMOTION OF MUSIC VERSUS EMOTIONAL MUSIC 86 is VII. AESTHETIC CONTEMPLATION HIGHER PLANES 97 VIII, ACTIVE AND PASSIVE ATTENTION. A PSYCHOLOGICAL P. S. 107 IX, EPILOGUE TO LISTENERS 115 PART II EMOTIONAL RESPONSES I. THE POWERS OF SOUND-123 II. CECILIA AND CECILIANS 135 in. AMBIENCE 141 iv. CHAOS THE UNINTELLIGIBLE AND THE OVERHEARD. 150 V. INTERMITTENCE AND EVOCATION. CASE OF DONNA TEODORA 158 VI. MUSICAL MEMORY, A PSYCHOLOGICAL P. S. TO DONNA TEODORA. 167 VII. AFFECTIVE MEMORY. RIBOTS HYPOTHESIS . 1 73 VIII. REFERENCE TO HUMAN PERSONALITY. 1 92 io MUSIC AND ITS LOVERS CHAPTER PAGE EX. PARTICIPATION, INTENSIFICATION, PASS MORT AND PASSE VIVANT. ELSA AND THEVIOLINIST 3 202 x. EVOCATION OF PAST AND FUTURE HERR WOLFRAM AMIE DE GABRIELLE MME. LOUISE YOUNG PEOPLE FRANCES 2 7 XI. INTRODUCTION TO DIONYSIACS. THE CUP OF COMUS 228 xii. DIONYSIACS FRANZ PROFESSOR PAUL MASTER HUGUES P. S. ON NIETZSCHE 240 PART III IMAGINATIVE RESPONSES i. INTERPRETATION MUSIC AS A LANGUAGE 259 n. LAPSES IN LISTENING AND THINKING OF OTHER THINGS 273 III. STIMULATION OF THOUGHT POETS, NOVELISTS AND PHILO SOPHERS 28 J IV. INTERPRETATION AS METAPHOR CASE OF SPIRIDION 20 v. MYSTICAL INTERPRETATION THE MICROCOSM RESPONDING TO THE MACROCOSM THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY 298 VI. THE IMAGINARY COMPOSER 308 VII. THE POWER OF WORDS 325 VIII. INTERPRETATION BY EQUIVALENCE 340 DC. SUGGESTION BY MOVEMENT FRAU MARIA AND BELLA 350 X. INTERPRETATION BY AS IF . ... 359 XI. INTERPRETATION AS ALLEGORY. PICTURES SUGGESTED BY MUSIC 3 3 XII. INTERPRETATION AS DRAMA. CASE OF LADY VENETIA 383 PART IV HAS MUSIC A MEANING COLLECTIVE EXPERIMENTS SOME RESULTS OF COLLECTIVE EXPERIMENTS CONTENTS ii PART V THE COMPOSERS PHENOMENON CHAPTER PAGE I. TRANSLATION INTO MUSIC 445 II. DIVIDED ATTENTION 456 III. AESTHETIC INTEGRATION. A COMPARISON WITH OTHER ARTS 468 iv. SYNTHESIS SOME EXPERIENCES OF MY OWN 478 PART VI HOW MUSIC COMES INTO OUR LIVES I. THE STATE OF AESTHETIC CONTEMPLATION 489 II. MYSELF AS CORPUS VILE 492 in. BETTINA A DUOLOGUE ON MOZART AND BEETHOVEN 510 IV. BEING ATTUNED TO .... 517 PART VII f E GUSTIBUS . . . I. SOME PREFERENCES CLASSIFIED 5 7 II. . . . NQN EST DISPVTANDUM 543 PART VIII BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL i. BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 551 II. SOME ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS 554 III. EXCITEMENT AS A VITAL NEED 558 rv. MUSIC VERSUS WORDS 559 ENGLISH QUESTIONNAIRE 563 INDEX 569 PREFACE AIMS AND METHODSI THIS BOOK, which, after so many years of working at it and dropping it, has at last got finished, is neither for Musicians nor for Musical Critics, though dealing with both. Not even for such intelligent Amateurs as have contributed so largely to it. It can teach no one whether any particular music happens to be good or bad still less how to make music which shall be good rather than bad. It tries to understand why the self-same music will, perhaps must, seem good, i, e, worth having, to some people, and bad, i. e...

The First Four Notes

Author: Matthew Guerrieri
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307960924
Release Date: 2012-11-13
Genre: Music

A TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2012 A New Yorker Best Book of the Year Los Angeles Magazine's #1 Music Book of the Year A unique and revelatory book of music history that examines in great depth what is perhaps the best-known and most-popular symphony ever written and its four-note opening, which has fascinated musicians, historians, and philosophers for the last two hundred years. Music critic Matthew Guerrieri reaches back before Beethoven’s time to examine what might have influenced him in writing his Fifth Symphony, and forward into our own time to describe the ways in which the Fifth has, in turn, asserted its influence. He uncovers possible sources for the famous opening notes in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and certain French Revolutionary songs and symphonies. Guerrieri confirms that, contrary to popular belief, Beethoven was not deaf when he wrote the Fifth. He traces the Fifth’s influence in China, Russia, and the United States (Emerson and Thoreau were passionate fans) and shows how the masterpiece was used by both the Allies and the Nazis in World War II. Altogether, a fascinating piece of musical detective work—a treat for music lovers of every stripe.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination

Author: Amy Kind
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317329459
Release Date: 2016-01-22
Genre: Philosophy

Imagination occupies a central place in philosophy, going back to Aristotle. However, following a period of relative neglect there has been an explosion of interest in imagination in the past two decades as philosophers examine the role of imagination in debates about the mind and cognition, aesthetics and ethics, as well as epistemology, science and mathematics. This outstanding Handbook contains over thirty specially commissioned chapters by leading philosophers organised into six clear sections examining the most important aspects of the philosophy of imagination, including: Imagination in historical context: Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Husserl, and Sartre What is imagination? The relation between imagination and mental imagery; imagination contrasted with perception, memory, and dreaming Imagination in aesthetics: imagination and our engagement with music, art, and fiction; the problems of fictional emotions and ‘imaginative resistance’ Imagination in philosophy of mind and cognitive science: imagination and creativity, the self, action, child development, and animal cognition Imagination in ethics and political philosophy, including the concept of 'moral imagination' and empathy Imagination in epistemology and philosophy of science, including learning, thought experiments, scientific modelling, and mathematics. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, aesthetics, and ethics. It will also be a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as psychology and art.

Sweet Anticipation

Author: David Brian Huron
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262083454
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Psychology

A theory of expectations is used to explain how music evokes various emotions; for readers interested in cognitive science and evolutionary psychology as well as music.