Jean Nicod Lectures and Prize


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27 May 2024

ENS, Salle des Actes, 45 rue d’Ulm 75005 Paris




Characterizing how a mental state is heard when it is heard in a piece of music is one thing ; it is a further task to say what relation a perceiver has to have to that state, so given, to hear it in the music. This lecture aims to characterize that relation. The account is distinct from philosophical theories that mention the perception of contour, mentioning mirror theories, or proposing referential or semantical accounts. The positive account is also extended to characterize what is involved in a listener’s appreciation of an extended piece of music. In combination with the theory of identifiers from the lecture of 23 May, the account can contribute to an explanation of the power possessed by music that language lacks.

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