P.D. Magnus (qua philosopher)

Mag Uidhir on Performance

British Journal of Aesthetics, July 2008.

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Christy Mag Uidhir has recently argued (a) that there is no in principle aesthetic difference between a live performance and a recording of that performance, and (b) that the proper aesthetic object is a type which is instantiated by the performance and potentially repeatable when recordings are played back. This paper considers several objections to (a) and finds them lacking. I then consider improvised music, a subject that Mag Uidhir explicitly brackets in his discussion. Improvisation reveals problems with (b), because the performance-event and the performance-type are distinct but equally proper aesthetic objects.


	AUTHOR = {P.D. Magnus},
	TITLE = {Mag Uidhir on Performance},
	JOURNAL = {British Journal of Aesthetics},
	YEAR = {2008},
	VOLUME = {48},
	NUMBER = {3},
	MONTH = jul,
	PAGES = {338--345},
	NOTE = {doi:10.1093/aesthj/ayn031}