The Psychological Record

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 491–504 | Cite as

The Foundation of a Scientific Theory of Music

  • Michael H. McLarty
  • William H. Braun
  • Vincent P. Benitez
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Abstract

Most, if not all, theories of music are based upon the partitions between mind and body, subject and object, and the natural and the artificial which are contained in ordinary language. It is suggested herein that a scientific theory of music must be founded upon the Galilean concept of participation. This concept not only modifies the meaning of the word “music,” but it enlarges the conventional meaning of the word “mind.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael H. McLarty
    • 1
  • William H. Braun
    • 1
  • Vincent P. Benitez
    • 1
  1. 1.Brown ChapelArkansas CollegeBatesvilleUSA

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