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Music, Andrew Kania Jan 2013

Music, Andrew Kania

Philosophy Faculty Research

It is unsurprising that there are chapters on literature, painting and music in this volume - if they're not arts, nothing is. It is almost as predictable that there are chapters devoted to topics such as depiction and metaphor. The issues raised by depiction and metaphor are central to the artistic use of pictures and language, yet these topics do not pertain exclusively to art (there are lots of pictures that are not artworks, such as maps, diagrams and holiday snaps; people use metaphors in all sorts of contexts). Should it be surprising that there is no such counterpart chapter ...


Concepts Of Pornography: Aesthetics, Feminism, And Methodology, Andrew Kania Jan 2012

Concepts Of Pornography: Aesthetics, Feminism, And Methodology, Andrew Kania

Philosophy Faculty Research

There are two broadly philosophical literatures on pornography. By far the largest is concerned with moral issues raised by pornography. This literature falls into two phases. The first phase comprises the debate between moral conservatives, who objected to pornography on the grounds of its explicit sexual nature, and liberals, who defended pornography on grounds of something like freedom of speech or expression. Though this debate is not stone cold, the liberals seem to have won it. However, it has been largely replaced by a different one between feminists who object to pornography on the basis that it contributes to the ...


In Defence Of Higher-Order Musical Ontology: A Reply To Lee B. Brown, Andrew Kania Jan 2012

In Defence Of Higher-Order Musical Ontology: A Reply To Lee B. Brown, Andrew Kania

Philosophy Faculty Research

In a recent article in this journal, Lee B. Brown criticizes one central kind of project in higher-order musical ontology—the project of offering an ontological theory of a particular musical tradition. I defend this kind of project by replying to Brown’s critique, arguing that musical practices are not untheorizably messy, and that a suitably subtle descriptivist ontology of a given practice can be valuable both theoretically and practically.


New Waves In Musical Ontology, Andrew Kania Jan 2008

New Waves In Musical Ontology, Andrew Kania

Philosophy Faculty Research

Since analytic aesthetics began, around 50 years ago, music has perhaps been the art most discussed by philosophers. The reasons for philosophers' attraction to music as a subject are obscure, but one element is surely that music, as a non-linguistic, non-pictorial, multiple-instance, performance art, raises at least as many questions about expression, ontology, interpretation and value as any other art—questions that often seem more puzzling than those raised by other arts.