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ERIC Number: EJ1077037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1063-5734
Language, Empathy, Archetype: Action-Metaphors of the Transcendental in Musical Experience
Winter, Richard
Philosophy of Music Education Review, v21 n2 p103-119 Fall 2013
This paper proposes a theory to explain the remarkable emotional power of our response to abstract music. It reviews and rejects metaphysical arguments derived from notions of a divine spiritual realm and from absolute forms of human reason. Its conclusion is that musical experience is always essentially inter-subjective and potentially empathetic, and arises from "action-metaphors," through which we link musical performances, as forms of action, to subconscious, archetypal dimensions of our awareness of ourselves and of our feelings towards others. It ends with a discussion of the implications of this theory for music education.
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