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The Imaginary Museum of Musical WorksAn Essay in the Philosophy of Music$
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Lydia Goehr

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198235415

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198235410.001.0001

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The Limits of Analysis and the Need for History

The Limits of Analysis and the Need for History

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(p.69) 3 The Limits of Analysis and the Need for History
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The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works
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DOI:10.1093/0198235410.003.0004

Presents an argument against the analytic approach. In each case, its inadequacies are argued to stem from either unsatisfactory or indecisive stands on the relation between the theory and the phenomena. In an attempt to be scientific or naturalistic, these theories seek ahistorical definitions of cultural concepts. Such definitions result in what Adorno calls a ‘false clarity’ and create an unbridgeable rift between theory and musical practice. The argument does not assume that harmony between theory and practice can be reached. It is an argument rather for the indispensability of history in the philosophical treatment of concepts.

Keywords:   analysis, concepts, definition, practice, theory

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