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Beyond Musical Metaphysics: A Philosophical Account of Listening to Music

Beyond Musical Metaphysics: A Philosophical Account of Listening to Music

Paskalina Bourbon, “Beyond Musical Metaphysics: A Philosophical Account of Listening to Music,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 4 (2018): 1377–98,

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Beyond Musical Metaphysics: A Philosophical Account of Listening to Music

Type Journal Article
Author Paskalina Bourbon
Rights © 2018 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2018 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 74
Issue 4
Pages 1377-1398
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283
Date 2018
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_4_1377
Language English
Abstract Music’s original philosophical problem is ontological: what is it? In this paper, I argue that music has a better philosophical beginning; philosophical accounts of music should begin as philosophical accounts of listening to music. What distinguishes listening to music from hearing sound? My aim is to give a philosophical account of music by means of a description of a particular kind of interactive relationship we sometimes have to sound. Music, I shall argue, is not distinguished from sound because it has a special metaphysical status or because of the psychological reactions it produces in us; musical sound is distinctive because we listen to it in a certain way. I explore some of the ontological implications of my account, both for music broadly speaking and for the ontology of musical works.
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  • ontology,
  • music,
  • listening,
  • philosophy of music
  • concepts,
  • musical experience,


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