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Unformatted text preview: Aesthetics Lecture Notes April 16, 2008 Levinson - Music and Negative Emotion Why do we find experience of listening to sad music valuable? Aristotle/Nussbaum tragic feelings vulnerability/risk; shared humanity Feagin Tragic meta response of pleasure Burke Pity a social passions, pleasure Terror. A self preserving passion distance, a relative pleasure Negative Emotions Anger Rage Aggression Sadness Nostalgia Melancholy Loss, grief Sorrow Pain Levinson denies no unique aesthetic emotion from music. (Contrary to Clive Bell) Emotion Cognitive belief, attitude, evaluation towards the cause, object, end Affective phenomenological (mental feeling pain or pleasure) Physical/Bodily physiology (hormone secretion, etc), behavior (flight or fight response) For music: less of the cognitive response Music is non representational. There is no delineated belief about the object of the emotion. Music is non representational....
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PHIL idk taught by Professor Taylor during the Spring '08 term at University of San Francisco.
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