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Kramer, Lawrence, 1946-
Expression and truth : on the music of knowledge / Lawrence Kramer
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  ML3800 .K716 2012    DUE 01-15-15
Subject(s) Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics
Expression (Philosophy)
Truth (Aesthetics)
Physical Description x, 173 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Contents Opening soliloguy in lieu of a preface -- Wittgenstein, music, and the aroma of coffee -- Speaking melody -- Expression and truth -- Melodic speech -- Wittgenstein, music, and the tone of crystal
Summary Expression and truth are traditional opposites in Western thought: expression supposedly refers to states of mind, truth to states of affairs. Expression and Truth rejects this opposition and proposes fluid new models of expression, truth, and knowledge with broad application to the humanities. These models derive from five theses that connect expression to description, cognition, the presence and absence of speech, and the conjunction of address and reply. The theses are linked by a concentration on musical expression, regarded as the ideal case of expression in general, and by fresh readings of Ludwig Wittgenstein's scattered but important remarks about music. The result is a new conception of expression as a primary means of knowing, acting on, and forming the world [Publisher description]
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