Wittgenstein's account of music and its comparison to language: Understanding, experience and rules

Marchesin, Marco (2022) Wittgenstein's account of music and its comparison to language: Understanding, experience and rules. Philosophical Investigations. ISSN 0190-0536

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Abstract

In this article, I discuss Wittgenstein’s conception of music, musical understanding and the sense of comparing music to language. I argue that for Wittgenstein, musical understanding is describable as a specific kind of experience that is public and sharable. I then reject any formalist view, which asserts that musical understanding is exclusively an ability to follow a set of established rules. Second, I illustrate the scope of Wittgenstein’s comparison between languages and posit that music is useful for clarifying the concept of linguistic understanding in the case of certain specific language-games, such as making jokes or puns. I will finally show that no thesis on the nature of language parallels and follows such a comparison.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 17:30
Last Modified: 12 May 2022 00:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/83387
DOI: 10.1111/phin.12342

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