• Musica come Scienza dell'uomo. I caratteri del sapere musicale nel Settecento britannico
  • Semi, Maria <1981>


  • L-ART/07 Musicologia e storia della musica
  • M-FIL/04 Estetica


  • The departure point of the present work is the idea that in order to understand what music meant to British society in the Eighteenth-Century an interdisciplinary approach is necessary. Natural philosophy, moral philosophy, musical treatises and histories of music: all these sources concur both to the creation of a new idea about what music and its ‘science’ are, and to question the place which music ought to have in the realm of the Science of Man. The dissertation is divided into two sections. In the first one we will take into account philosophical sources (from John Locke, Joseph Addison and Lord Shaftesbury, to Lord Kames and Adam Smith), and we will examine their thoughts on music. In the second one we will deal with musical sources (from the Treatise of Musick of Alexander Malcom, to the Histories of Music of Charles Burney and John Hawkins) in order to show their connection with the philosophical literature before mentioned. The main aim of the work it to show that the development of specific philosophies of the human mind, such as the ones of John Locke and David Hume, did influence the way in which music was thought. Particularly we will point out the case of Adam Smith’s interpretation of instrumental music, which is heavily indebted to the humeian model of the human mind.


  • 2009-05-28


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Semi, Maria (2009) Musica come Scienza dell'uomo. I caratteri del sapere musicale nel Settecento britannico, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Musicologia e beni musicali , 21 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/1335.