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February 24, 2010
Presenter: Amy Cimini
Respondent: Dean Chapman
The mind/body problem in musicology

Dean's response

I presented a philosophical-in-spirit outline ‘analysis’ of Cusick's (1994) ‘Feminist theory, music theory, and the mind/body problem’—an article we read ahead of Amy’s excellent session. Then I explained briefly some philosophy that has centred on the practical/propositional knowledge distinction, and some things about “use-theories” of linguistic meaning. Special reference to Gilbert Ryle, and to Ludwig Wittgenstein. I tried my best to connect my discussion with the parts of Amy’s presentation having to do with performance (i.e. the ‘practical’) being necessary for having certain kinds of knowledge, and for getting the meaning(s) of a musical work.

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