Emotion, Metaphor, Music, and Humor

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 63)


I will first give a sampling of the arguments in my 1995 book Emotion in Aesthetics.1 John Hospers and Peter Kivy basically gave up on understanding how music renders emotion claiming that it is a mysterious necessity and divine mystery.2 Diana Raffman recently argued that our knowledge of emotion in music is ineffable.3 One of the most lucid statements in this regard comes from Harold Osborne, President of the British Society of Aesthetics, who advised that the entire controversy regarding the problem of expressionism in music be given up: He stated that “Problems that have no solution are problems to be repudiated.”4 I will propose a solution.


Positive Emotion Music Therapy Aesthetic Experience Moral Value Bodily Feeling 
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