[Smt-talk] Criteria for Old and New

Michael Morse mwmorse at bell.net
Fri Mar 8 08:52:41 PST 2013

As a footnote to Murray's typically acute and articulate thoughts, I think the difference between a real science, in "that" sense, and a wanna-be is that the former never fears nor discourages the eventuality of historical and cultural conversation. Einstein and/or his followers may have considered treating his work historically to be relatively--sorry, guess that's the last adjective I should use--unimportant, in the scheme of things--but certainly not a threat to its objectivity. A doctrine defiantly resistant to historical situation, on the grounds of purported trans-historical objectivity, tips its hand to show the strident bias and wish fulfillment at its base.
MW MorseTrent UniversityPeterborough, Oshawa
From: murraydineen at uottawa.ca
To: smt-talk at societymusictheory.org
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:58:00 +0000
Subject: [Smt-talk] Criteria for Old and New

This past week's exchanges remind me of the fact that the SMT and the practices of music theory it addresses lack a tradition of critical self examination, certainly of the kind
 common to other fields of scholarship. There are certain exceptions, Henry Klumpenhouwer has addressed this from time to time (in Music Ideology: Resisting the Aesthetic, ed. Krims, for example). But the SMT is not given to historiography in this critical
 mode. (Geertz's Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author comes to mind.) I am not talking about histories of music theory, but historiographies. There may be good reasons for this, primary a lack of critical mass in the SMT. But without such a tradition
 or even exemplars to which one might refer, the tone will remain as it has been this past week. For that reason, I am unwilling to partake in the exchange, unless there be some reference to a guiding document such as Bill Rothstein's Americanization of Schenker
 (supplemented by Hardt and Negri's Empire), or for that matter the exchange between Charles and David Beach way back in Spectrum 8 and 9.

Murray Dineen
University of Ottawa
murraydineen at uottawa.ca

Smt-talk mailing list
Smt-talk at lists.societymusictheory.org
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.societymusictheory.org/pipermail/smt-talk-societymusictheory.org/attachments/20130308/ec11e5ec/attachment-0004.htm>

More information about the Smt-talk mailing list