Perfect pitch and the implicit/explicit distinction

Macpherson, F. (1999) Perfect pitch and the implicit/explicit distinction. Anthropology and Philosophy, 3(2), pp. 89-101.




This paper examines the representationalist view of experiences in the light of the phenomena of perfect and relative pitch. Two main kinds of representationalism are identified - environment-based and cognitive role-based. It is argued that to explain the relationship between the two theories a distinction should be drawn between various types of implicit and explicit content. When investigated, this distinction sheds some light on the difference between the phenomenology of perfect and relative pitch experiences and may be usefully applied to describe the nature of experiences in the other sense modalities.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Macpherson, Professor Fiona
Authors: Macpherson, F.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Anthropology and Philosophy
Publisher:Benucci Editore
First Published:First published in Anthropology and Philosophy 3(2):89-101
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the editor

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