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    Music, which lacks a semantics (because it lacks reference), seems to be able to express, represent, or cause (the choice of verbs is not innocent here) complex intentional states such as irony indecision or resignation. This seems to me one of the bigger mysteries of experience.

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    Declan Gaffney

    I have no light to throw on this problem, if it is a problem. It does seem to me that there is a question about the intentional states that music seems to be able to capture which goes beyond the usual question of the relationship between music and emotion.

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    Declan Gaffney

    (Because I can imagine plausible e.g. physiological explanations of how music can express/represent/cause joy or sorrow - minor modes are more dissonant etc- but when it gets to more complex intentional states this sort of thing seems lacking.

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    Declan Gaffney

  2. I believe Jerrold Levinson (but my memory is hazy) says that a piece of music is akin to an agent, and so we empathize with it as it expresses emotions--that's why pieces can be sad and make us cry.

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    Helen De Cruz

  3. I'm sure there's something in that, but the question is how, given that- strictly speaking- music can't refer to anything (other than other pieces of music AFAICS).

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    Declan Gaffney

    A 'complex intentional state' is an intentional state that takes another intentional state as its object, or one of/part of its object(s). A second order intentional state.

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    Declan Gaffney