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Conferenza ART - Marta Benenti - Università San Raffaele

Da: Mercoledì 27 gennaio 2021 ore 18:00
Fino a: Mercoledì 27 gennaio 2021 ore 20:00

Pubblicato: Mercoledì 13 gennaio 2021 da Alessandro Giovanni Bertinetto

ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) Philosophical Seminar 

Dott.ssa Marta Benenti 

(Università San Raffaele, Milano)


January, 27th at 6 p.m.



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Music, emotions, and secondary meaning


Scholars do not agree on whether descriptions of music in terms of emotions should be considered literal or metaphorical. The idea that emotion words apply metaphorically to music is intuitively convincing (Zangwill 2001, 2011), yet it struggles to ground expressive descriptions in musical, perceivable properties. On the other hand, literalist accounts that rely on resemblances between music and human emotions – or the related behaviours – have difficulty in accounting for the elusive notion of “resemblance”. Even more importantly, they have troubles in dealing with expressive musical items that do not resemble any behavioural expression (Ravasio 2017). In order to overcome these difficulties, I will suggest that, at least in some cases, the Wittgensteinian notion of secondary meaning could help to avoid the appeal to resemblances, thereby accounting in a literalist fashion for emotions descriptions of musical objects that do not resemble human expressions.



Marta Benenti is postdoctoral researcher at Università San Raffaele in Milan, where she studies philosophy of mind and aesthetics. She has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Turin and at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, and a DAAD research fellowship at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

Her main interest so far has been the phenomenon of expressiveness, to which she has devoted her PhD and a recently published monograph: Expressiveness. Perception and Emotions in the experience of expressive objects. She is now developing her research by exploring perceptual experiences of high-level properties, such as aesthetic ones; affective experiences, especially within dimensional frameworks; and imaginative engagement, with a focus on mental-imagery.

Much more intriguing than this, is her collaboration with Lisa Giombini for a project on the aesthetic value of cultural tourism.




ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) is a periodic philosophical seminar organized by the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin and the the PhD Program FINO.


Prof. Alessandro Bertinetto (University of Turin). 

Prof. Federico Vercellone (University of Turin). 



Dr. Paolo Furia (University of Turin). 

Dr. Lisa Giombini (University Rome 3). 

Dr. Gregorio Tenti (FINO Doctoral School). 

Dr. Alice Iacobone (FINO Doctoral School)


ART addresses different topics of the contemporary debate in Aesthetics: philosophy of beauty, philosophy of the arts, theory of sensory experience, philosophy of image and imagination, and history of aesthetics.

ART is supported by:
Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Morfologia Francesco Moiso (CIM)
Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale di Logica, Linguaggio e Cognizione (LLC)
Centro Studi Arti della Modernità

Centro Studi Filosofico-religiosi "Luigi Pareyson"
Laboratorio di Ontologia (Labont)


ART is sponsored by: 
Italian Society for Aesthetics (SIE) 
European Society for Aesthetics (ESA)


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