34 results for Davies, Stephen, Book item

  • Philosophical perspectives on music's expressiveness

    Davies, Stephen (2001)

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  • Character and Character Swapping in Mozart's Così fan tutte

    Davies, Stephen (2016-12-01)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This chapter on Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte (“Thus Do They All”) offers a discussion of a number of topics covered by other chapters—the portrayal of fictional characters, mixed motivation, promise keeping, the influence of character, and situational variables, respectively, in determining behavior and individual differences among people. Così’s libretto is about two couples who swap partners. Così is typically seen as a character-swapping farce, with one-dimensional characters. The chapter quotes Peter Kivy, according to whom the heroes and heroines are not even real characters—rather, they are voices: the soprano, the mezzo-soprano, the heroic tenor, and so on. The chapter, however, makes a compelling case that this is not so. The opera has a moral seriousness often overlooked by interpreters due to lack of attention to the individual differences among the characters and to character development.

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  • Artistic Expression and the Hard Case of Pure Music

    Davies, Stephen (2006)

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  • Contra the Hypothetical Persona in Music

    Davies, Stephen (1997)

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  • Music-to-listener emotional contagion

    Davies, Stephen (2013-07-11)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    The author advocates the notion that music elicits emotion through a process of emotional contagion, defined as a 'mirroring' response in which the listener is moved to feel the emotion that the music expresses. In this chapter the author develops this notion and contrasts it with various psychological theories of imitation or mimicry. In particular, the crucial idea concerning what is intentional object of a musically induced emotion must be examined. It is argued that the music is not the emotional object of the response because the listener does not believe anything of the music that would make it the intentional object of a sad response, namely, that the music is unfortunate, suffering, or regrettable.

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  • Emotions Expressed and Aroused by Music: Philosophical Perspectives

    Davies, Stephen (2010)

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  • Is Architecture Art?

    Davies, Stephen (1994)

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  • Why Listen to Sad Music if It Makes One Feel Sad?

    Davies, Stephen (1995)

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  • Music, definitions of

    Davies, Stephen (2014)

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  • The Experience of Music

    Davies, Stephen (2003)

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  • twentieth-century Anglo-American aesthetics

    Davies, Stephen; Stecker, R (2009)

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  • The beautiful in Bali

    Davies, Stephen (2017)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    The Indonesian island of Bali has often been described as a paradise. In terms of natural beauty, this seems appropriate. Volcanic cones, deep valleys full of verdant vegetation, colorful and exotic flowers and butterflies, yellow sand beaches, turquoise oceans–all establish the island’s physical beauty. And human contributions often add to the splendor. For instance, the sides of mountains can be softened and elaborated by intricately terraced rice fields. But these environmental features are common to many tropical locations in southeast Asia. To understand why Bali is so often singled out for praise, it is necessary to appreciate how the island’s distinctive religion and cosmology pervade life in all its aspects. And given that the Balinese gods are connoisseurs of beauty, this explains why the Balinese people are committed to the creation and presentation of beauty as a religious duty. This obligation aesthetically affects their everyday lives, architecture, and arts.

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  • And Everything Nice

    Davies, Stephen (2016-07)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This chapter critically reviews evolutionary psychologists’ accounts of sexual attractiveness. They focus on female physical beauty and its appeal to heterosexual men. Judgments of physical attractiveness tend to track both health and genes that are good either in general or because they complement those of the chooser. This account of sexual attraction is thin and one-dimensional, however. How we assess people, and whether we are sexually drawn to them, depends importantly on aspects of character and performance that go beyond physical appearance. Indeed, these further assessments can even affect our rating of a person’s physical appearance. So, sexual attraction and attractiveness are bound up generally with social performance. In addition, making oneself sexually attractive can be part of making the best of one’s social self-presentation. In this case, it invites the other’s appreciation but not an overtly sexual response.

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  • The Multiple Interpretability of Musical Works

    Davies, Stephen (2002)

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  • Musical Representation

    Davies, Stephen (2001)

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  • The Evaluation of Music

    Davies, Stephen (1994)

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  • Sovereigns, Sovereignty and the Treaty of Waitangi

    Davies, Stephen; Ewin, RE (1992)

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  • Emotional Contagion

    Davies, Stephen (2014)

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  • Protolanguage

    Davies, Stephen (2014)

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  • Non-Western Art and Art's Definition

    Davies, Stephen (2010)

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