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Malcolm Budd

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556175.001.0001

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Musical Movement and Aesthetic Metaphors

Musical Movement and Aesthetic Metaphors

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Aesthetic Essays

Malcolm Budd (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines one of the most striking claims in Roger Scruton's The Aesthetics of Music: that the basic perceptions of music are informed by spatial concepts understood metaphorically. To evaluate this claim about the phenomenology of musical experience it is necessary to grasp Scruton's theory of metaphor, which has largely been neglected. This theory is outlined and the essence of his claim about the fundamental role of spatial metaphors in musical experience is derived from it. With the issue clarified in this way, various arguments are used to show that the claim is not plausible and an alternative conception of the phenomenology of musical experience is necessary.

Keywords:   music, Roger Scruton, metaphor, spatial concepts, phenomenology

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