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April 9, 2019

Hamilton to present 'Sounds in theatrical performances'

Submitted by Teresa Zerbe

James Hamilton, professor of philosophy, will present "Sounds in theatrical performances" at the eighth Dubrovnik Conference on Philosophy of Art on April 10 in Dubrovnik Croatia.  

Some theorists hold that acousmatic sounds and similar effects in theatrical performances create meanings for spectators to grasp and, hence, generate understandings of a performance directly.

Instead, Hamilton argues that sounds created in theatrical performances, while they do play a significant role in a spectator’s gaining cognitive sense of those performances, do so counterfactually and, so, are indirect and cannot perform their function without the relevant cognitive sense of a performance being developed independently.

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