Chapter

Understanding

Roger Scruton

in The Aesthetics of Music

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198167273
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019816727X.003.0008
Understanding

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Adumbrates a theory of musical understanding as based in imaginative perception, in which a sound pattern is imbued with a spatial order by the perceiving intellect. Argues that tonality provides a paradigm of this spatial order, and that it is the object of an act of ‘intentional understanding’.

Keywords: imaginative perception; intellect; intentional understanding; musical understanding; sound pattern; spatial order; tonality

Chapter.  11885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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